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The influence of a nutritional supplement for undernourished elderly people


Valéria Maria Caselato-Sousa, Maria Elena Guariento, Nelci Fenalti Höehr, Valdemiro Carlos Sgarbieri

The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the effect of a food supplement on the nutritional status of malnourished or at risk of malnutrition elderly (84 ± 8.16 years), body mass index (BMI < 22 kg/m2 ). The Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) was applied for subjects’ selection. Dietetic, anthropometric and biochemical parameters were estimated for 90 days. Weight, height, triceps skinfold thickness, arm circumference, calf circumference, thigh circumference, corrected arm muscle area, waist circumference, hip circumference, BMI were measured. Body composition and fat-free mass were evaluated by the bioelectric impedance. Folic acid, calcium and magnesium were improved. Anthropometric measurements were not influenced. Weight (average 1.88 kg), serum total proteins and albumin, total cholesterol, folic acid and magnesium increased. Overall, the data suggest that the intervention had a positive effect on the nutritional status of the elderly

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