Swedish researchers say that senior citizens who have goals of active living by remaining at home may be doing themselves a disservice, nutritionally speaking.
Especially for women, as well as depressed men, the ongoing study has found that malnutrition risks have risen for those aged 75 to 80.
pecifically, after the first year about 10 percent of the more than 400 participants were at risk for malnutrition, and the second year saw that risk climb to 16 percent.
"We carried out a wide range of physical and biochemical tests on the people who took part in the study and asked them lots of questions, including how they perceived their health and their health-related quality of life," said researcher Yvonne Johansson.
They also found that women who lived alone and those who didn't report high levels of social involvement were more likely to be at risk.
The researchers say that the link between depression and social interaction and poor nutrition is an important one, and that those looking to improve the health of the aged should focus on nutrition.