Nutrition in Older People
Let’s talk about malnutrition
Did you know that 5% of the UK population is at risk of malnutrition?
We estimate that in North Hampshire this represents about 10,800 people. A lot of these will be people who are over 65 years old.Malnutrition affects health in many different ways. If you are malnourished, you are more likely to feel tired, low in mood, and become ill.
Malnutrition decreases your ability to fight off infections, delays your recovery or healing.
Malnutrition can also weaken your muscles which can lead to falls.
If you are underweight and/or losing weight without meaning to, then you may be at risk of malnutrition.
Am I underweight? Click here to find out your Body Mass IndexWe have a range of leaflets that you may find useful to gain weight or stop losing weight:
- If you have a poor appetite
- Try to 'fortify' your food (increase the nourishment without increasing how much you eat)
- Try nourishing drinks
- If you need a soft diet
- If you need a puree diet
If you are not underweight but losing weight without trying to, you may also become malnourished.
Speak to your Practice Nurse or GP to discuss this if you are worried.