The Department of Health (1992) has recently stated that'Nutritional reviews concerning elderly people are especially constrained by lack of data'and that much of the emphasis in the nutritional literature has been placed on the study of institutionalized, and often chronically ill, elderly subjects rather than the non-institutionalized elderly who form the majority of this population.
The present study presents information on the dietary intake and biochemical status of non-institutionalized elderly subjects (68-73 and 74-90 years) and compares such data with those obtained for adult (20-64 years) and adolescent (13-14 years) populations living within the same community.
Nutrient intakes and appropriate biochemical measurements of nutrient status, performed on fasting blood samples, were statistically examined and have been discussed in relation to potential age-related influences.
The nutrient intake of elderly subjects was on a par with adolescents of corresponding sex but generally lower than that of adult counterparts.
These observations are worthy of a further study in the light of current thinking which relates the induction of a number of diseases to oxidative damage.
Mots-clés Pascal : A domicile, Consommation alimentaire, Nutriment, Etat nutritionnel, Etude comparative, Age, Sénescence, Alimentation, Comportement alimentaire, Surveillance sanitaire, Royaume Uni, Europe, Vieillard, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : At home, Food intake, Nutrient, Nutritional status, Comparative study, Age, Senescence, Feeding, Feeding behavior, Sanitary surveillance, United Kingdom, Europe, Elderly, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0008089
Code Inist : 002B29B. Création : 01/03/1996.