The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 250–257 | Cite as

Frailty and nutrition: Searching for evidence

  • Marc BonnefoyEmail author
  • G. Berrut
  • B. Lesourd
  • M. Ferry
  • T. Gilbert
  • O. Guerin
  • O. Hanon
  • C. Jeandel
  • E. Paillaud
  • A. Raynaud-Simon
  • G. Ruault
  • Y. Rolland


Frailty is a geriatric syndrome that predicts disability, morbidity and mortality in the elderly. Poor nutritional status is one of the main risk factors for frailty. Macronutrients and micronutrients deficiencies are associated with frailty. Recent studies suggest that improving nutritional status for macronutrients and micronutrients may reduce the risk of frailty. Specific diets such as the Mediterranean diet rich in anti-oxidants, is currently investigated in the prevention of frailty. The aim of this paper is to summarize the current body of knowledge on the relations between nutrition and frailty, and provide recommendations for future nutritional research on the field of frailty.

Key words

Nutrition frailty elderly 


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© Serdi and Springer-Verlag France 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Bonnefoy
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 14
    Email author
  • G. Berrut
    • 4
    • 14
  • B. Lesourd
    • 9
    • 14
  • M. Ferry
    • 5
    • 14
  • T. Gilbert
    • 1
  • O. Guerin
    • 6
    • 14
  • O. Hanon
    • 7
  • C. Jeandel
    • 8
    • 14
  • E. Paillaud
    • 10
    • 14
  • A. Raynaud-Simon
    • 11
    • 14
  • G. Ruault
    • 14
  • Y. Rolland
    • 12
    • 13
    • 14
  1. 1.Department of Geriatric MedicineCHU Lyon Groupement Hospitalier SudPierre-Bénite CedexFrance
  2. 2.INSERM U1060Oullins CedexFrance
  3. 3.Faculté de Médecine Lyon SudUniversity Claude-Bernard Lyon 1Oullins CedexFrance
  4. 4.Department of Geriatric MedicineCHU — Hospital BellierNantesFrance
  5. 5.INSERM U1125 — INRA / CNAMUMR U557Paris 13France
  6. 6.Department of Geriatric MedicineCHU Nice — University Nice Sophia AntipolisNiceFrance
  7. 7.EA 4468 INSERM — Department of Geriatric MedicineUniversity Paris DescartesParisFrance
  8. 8.Centre de Gérontologie Clinique Antonin Balmes CHU de MontpellierUniversity I MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  9. 9.Department of Geriatrics — CHU Clermont-Ferrand: UPRES AME 2PUniversity of Clermont-FerrandClermont-FerrandFrance
  10. 10.APHP — Groupe Hospitalier Albert Chenevier-Henri MondorUnité de Médecine Gériatrique — Créteil — FranceCréteilFrance
  11. 11.Department of GeriatricsHôpital BichatParisFrance
  12. 12.GerontopôleToulouse University HospitalToulouseFrance
  13. 13.INSERM UMR 1027University of Toulouse IIIToulouseFrance
  14. 14.French expert group Nutrition and Geriatrics (GEGN) from French geriatric society SFGGParisFrance

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