Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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Nutrition in Aging: An Exploration of a Close Relationship

  • Veronique S. ChachayEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_331-1

Synonyms

Definition

The role of food constituents in modulating age-related metabolic changes to impact positively on healthy life expectancy.

Introduction

Nutrition is a fundamental pillar in physiological survival. In addition, it is the lifestyle habit with perhaps the greatest impact on healthy life expectancy (HLE) or the quality of life span, because it is practiced several times a day most days of life.

Nutrition and aging are closely intertwined in negative and positive feedback loops. Firstly, aging can impact on nutrition processes through reduced organ function, impaired digestion and absorption of nutrients, or loss of appetite. This in turn impacts on the nutrition status – or how well nourished one is – and therefore on overall mental and physiological functions. In addition to the burden of malnutrition outcomes, the aging process may...

Keywords

Dietary Pattern Nutrient Density Healthy Life Expectancy Food Constituent Nutrient Target 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, School of MedicineThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Health and Behavioural SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia