Frailty and nutrition: Searching for evidence

Abstract

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.

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Bonnefoy, M., Berrut, G., Lesourd, B. et al. Frailty and nutrition: Searching for evidence. J Nutr Health Aging 19, 250–257 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-014-0568-3

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