Geographical inequalities in nutrient status and risk of malnutrition among English people aged 65 y and older
Elia, Marinos and Stratton, Rebecca J. (2005) Geographical inequalities in nutrient status and risk of malnutrition among English people aged 65 y and older. Nutrition, 21, (11-12), 1100-1106. (doi:10.1016/j.nut.2005.03.005).
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Objective: Geographical inequalities in health continue to be a problem within developed countries. This study investigated whether there were north-south geographical inequalities among older people living in England with respect to risk of protein-energy malnutrition and status of nutrients, particularly those derived from fruit and vegetables.
Methods: A secondary analysis of data collected prospectively by the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of people aged 65 y and older was undertaken to assess geographical prevalence of risk of protein-energy malnutrition (1155 subjects) and nutrient status (881 to 1046 subjects).
Results: A north-south gradient was found in risk of protein-energy malnutrition (19.4%, 12.3%, and 11.2% in the northern, central, and southern regions, respectively; P = 0.013, P for trend = 0.002). This was accompanied by a north-south gradient in the status of vitamin C (30, 38, and 46 μmol/L in the respective regions, P < 0.001), which was associated with deficiency (<11 μmol/L) in a third of subjects in the northern region, a range of carotenoids (P = 0.023 to <0.001), vitamin D (P < 0.001), and selenium (P < 0.001). These inequalities were accompanied by gradients in indices of health status and socioeconomic status, which could account only partly for the “geographical” inequalities. Circulating vitamin C and carotenoid concentrations were related to the intake of fruit and vegetables.
Conclusions: This study suggests there is a north-south divide in the risk of protein-energy malnutrition and a range of nutrients, which have been implicated in the development of common chronic diseases.
|Keywords:||inequalities, malnutrition, nutrients, elderly, screening, malnutrition universal screening tool|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
|Date Deposited:||10 Apr 2006|
|Last Modified:||06 Aug 2015 02:25|
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