Undernutrition is a common problem among the elderly people. It can be very dangerous. Extreme thinness and undernutrition could lead to high mortality rates. This is a serious issue that should not be ignored.
The caregivers of the elderly people should take the issue of weight loss very seriously just like the geriatricians do. However, some caregivers usually feed the elderly with a supplement drink. They believe that these supplement drinks contain all the nutrients needed which are not the case. These drinks should be given between meals, and they should not replace the meals. Instead, these drink supplements should be used as supplements for adding calories or as snacks.
How to determine the elder’s nutrition needs
Frailty can be marked by weight loss. It is always important to establish why the seniors lose appetite or interest in food. This can be done by a proper and a detailed evaluation by a medical professional. Loss of appetite can be caused by some conditions which are treatable such as dementia, thyroid disease, depression and other ill-fitting dentures.
A medical doctor would assist you in addressing the cause of these problems rather than just turning to the use of supplements. The medical doctor should be consulted when determining the supplement to give to the elderly people. For instance, low sugar products should be given to the diabetics.
What are the nutritional requirements for the older adults?
Most of the elderly people are faced with substantial weight loss. Such people should be allowed to consume what they like. One should not be afraid of incorporating cheese, eggs, peanut butter or even ice cream in their diet. They should not be restricted to the low-fat or low-calorie diet. Instead, they should take a high caloric intake.
Most of the elders cannot take three meals in a day. Most of them do not want to even if they can afford. Such people should be encouraged to take smaller but more frequent mills such as snacks.
How do nutritional supplements and drinks interact with medications?
Most of the supplements including the nutritional drinks could cause some dangerous interactions with drugs or prescription medications. The interaction between supplements and drugs could affect the functioning of the body systems and organs. This means that you should, therefore, consult a doctor before taking medications to avoid interactions. The vitamin supplements are known for interacting negatively with the blood thinners such as Coumadin.…