home
RSS
June 2nd, 2010
10:26 AM ET

Malnutrition killing elderly in U.S.

By Madison Park
CNNhealth.com writer/producer

In a nation where people die from complications of too much food, some die from having too little.  Although malnutrition is often thought of as a killer in the developing world, it's also a problem for the elderly in the United States, according to research published in the May issue of the Annals of Epidemiology.

Researchers from Louisiana State University examined data from 3,141 counties  and older adult malnutrition mortality using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.  Between 2,000 and 3,000 older adults die from malnutrition each year, according to CDC data from 2006.

Malnutrition is more prevalent among older adults, especially over the age of 70. They may eat too little, lack nutrition or have digestion problems related to aging. This can stem from certain medications, trouble chewing due to dental issues, problems swallowing or difficulty absorbing nutrients, according to the Mayo Clinic.

MayoClinic.org: Senior health: How to detect and prevent malnutrition

The rates of malnutrition mortality among older adults vary widely across communities.  The communities with higher levels of socioeconomic disadvantage, social isolation and disability are more likely to have higher rates of malnutrition-related deaths, wrote the author, Matthew Lee, a sociology professor at Louisiana State University.

"Communities where adults are living alone and are widowed have higher rates of dying from malnutrition," he said. "When people are embedded in strong social networks, they fare better."

Lee stumbled across statistics about malnutrition deaths in CDC reports.

"I never heard much about elderly mortality related to malnutrition," he said, because "it’s not an extremely common event."  The issue may attract little attention because of its demographic, he said.  "People get old, they’re expected to pass on and people don’t think much about the causes of it at that point."

Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.


soundoff (1,093 Responses)
  1. pressure washing around Brevard County fl

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!

    https://morphomics.science/wiki/Recommendations_for_Picking_the_Strain_Washing_Solutions

    June 10, 2021 at 06:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. pressure washing services Brevard County

    I'm not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic.

    http://www.aiuextension.org/activity/p/740619/

    June 10, 2021 at 06:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. rv repair

    https://www.lnfcu.com/helpers/choice.asp?h=http://adivasocusijavidyt.blogspot.com/2021/04/wood-cabinet-makers-near-me-wood.html/

    June 10, 2021 at 06:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. paydayloan consolidation

    Keep this going please, great job!

    https://www.pre-news.com/why-are-payday-loans-in-such-large-demand/

    June 10, 2021 at 07:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joycelyn Shoemake

    This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need toÖHaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic that has been discussed for years. Excellent stuff, just wonderful!

    http://beckettj94g7.canariblogs.com/a-review-of-social-media-marketing-near-me-16509089

    June 10, 2021 at 07:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. can you consolidate payday loans

    A great read. I'll definitely be back.

    https://www.lucanashville.com/understanding-best-payday-loans-to-make-them-a-concept-as-opposed-to-an-exception/

    June 10, 2021 at 07:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. paydayloan consolidationpayday loan consolidation

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You're doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

    https://www.waltzwiththedevilrpg.com/discover-about-advance-payday-loans/

    June 10, 2021 at 07:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. MileSwa

    cheap cialis buy cialis black black cialis overnight

    June 10, 2021 at 08:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. appomannoni

    erectile at 43 kayamy treat erectile dysfunction without drugs
    erectile aid device slilicy buy erectile dysfunction meds online
    erectile organ sicAdofs erectile function after prostatectomy

    June 10, 2021 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Lonnie Bersaw

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this site.

    http://juliusc47g5.idblogz.com/4563648/metal-roofing-contractors-near-me-can-be-fun-for-anyone

    June 10, 2021 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. rv repair shop

    https://ar.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=https://fbcfinancas.com.br/blog/2019/11/10/juros-caem-em-setembro-mas-ainda-sao-abusivos

    June 10, 2021 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Amelia Komula

    Good information. Lucky me I found your blog by chance (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

    June 10, 2021 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jonathan Vidra

    https://ditu.google.cn/url?q=http://pocketsizehandsanitizer08518.dreamyblogs.com/4379581/most-effective-procedures-for-truck-mend-and-greater-mileage

    June 10, 2021 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Carol Miyares

    https://bitly.com/a/warning?hash=3nUs1YL&url=https://brooksh08a7.estate-blog.com/4124637/the-basic-principles-of-craft-store

    June 10, 2021 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. appomannoni

    erectile photos kayamy erectile creams for men
    erectile medicine for men slilicy erectile dysfunction
    best erectile dysfunction pills online sicAdofs cialis without erectile dysfunction

    June 10, 2021 at 20:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Antonia Schwerin

    https://emiliof58j6.bloggazzo.com/4141321/the-definitive-guide-to-custom-t-shirts

    June 10, 2021 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Federated Financial

    Commenting on a blog is an art. Good comments create relations. You're doing great work. Keep it up.

    https://www.federatedfinancial.com/

    June 11, 2021 at 00:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. rv repair shop near me

    http://www.deri-ou.com/url.php?url=https://benhammer.koeln/2020/10/15/stadt-mit-k-gespraech-mit-dem-koelner-stadt-anzeiger/

    June 11, 2021 at 01:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Jimmie Brill

    https://www.treasury.gov/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi/?https://www.jasperq41g9.newsbloger.com/5738174/5-easy-facts-about-seo-marketing-consultant-described

    June 11, 2021 at 03:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. appomannoni

    top erectile dysfunction products kayamy erectile dysfunction prognosis
    erectile restoration slilicy help with erectile dysfunction
    erectile dysfunction in men sicAdofs erectile function cocaine abuse

    June 11, 2021 at 03:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Caitlin Geis

    I need to to thank you for this good read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I've got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you postÖ

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reauthorization/reauexit.cfm?link=https://kylero81r9.blognody.com/4175475/security-companies-options

    June 11, 2021 at 04:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Cleta Auman

    An impressive share! I've just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been conducting a little research on this. And he actually ordered me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this issue here on your blog.

    https://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&url=https://kameroni69l7.boyblogguide.com/4107679/craft-store-an-overview

    June 11, 2021 at 04:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Leslie Schryver

    I needed to thank you for this fantastic read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it. I have got you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff you postÖ

    http://jeffreyy25c4.bloggin-ads.com/24295125/repair-shop-an-overview

    June 11, 2021 at 05:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. rv repair

    https://asia.google.com/url?sa=t&url=https://rvrepairnearme.blogspot.com

    June 11, 2021 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. appomannoni

    erectile dysfunction pump kayamy cheapest erectile dysfunction drugs
    best erectile dysfunction treatment slilicy which erectile dysfunction drugs cost more
    erectile over the counter products sicAdofs erectile implants

    June 11, 2021 at 11:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Tanner Cyprian

    https://www.5gmf.cn/space-uid-18803.html

    June 11, 2021 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. furniture repair orange county ca

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you book-marked to look at new things you postÖ

    http://fishingheaven.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvart.com

    June 11, 2021 at 19:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. appomannoni

    can erectile dysfunction be mental kayamy erectile discharge
    can erectile dysfunction be fixed slilicy discount erectile dysfunction pills
    erectile dysfunction reviews sicAdofs muse for erectile dysfunction

    June 11, 2021 at 19:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. raleigh body shops

    Keep this going please, great job!

    https://www.comoqueporque.com/save-money-with-auto-body-repairs/

    June 12, 2021 at 01:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Sprinter Van Repair Shop

    http://networksolutions-sucks.us/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=fleetservicerepairshop.com

    June 12, 2021 at 01:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. RV Steps California

    Everyone loves it when people come together and share opinions. Great site, continue the good work!

    https://kumhofer.at/anonym/?http://ocrv.xyz

    June 12, 2021 at 01:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. raleigh auto body shops

    carry on, dont stop

    https://www.lrp-forum.com/dont-get-ripped-off-by-an-auto-body-repair-shop/

    June 12, 2021 at 01:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Mercedes Sprinter Steering Gear Repair

    There's certainly a great deal to learn about this subject. I love all the points you've made.

    http://jkg.legapro.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=customcampervans.com/

    June 12, 2021 at 02:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Relentless Collision

    Thank You for your information

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Relentless+Collision/@35.8167572,-78.597496,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xecfa0d223ab3249d!8m2!3d35.8167572!4d-78.597496

    June 12, 2021 at 02:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. orange county awnings

    Hi there! This blog post could not be written any better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I will send this article to him. Fairly certain he'll have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

    http://ohioputinbay.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.vip/

    June 12, 2021 at 02:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Transit Van Repair Panels

    That is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Short but very precise infoÖ Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

    http://qfs.usahotelsguide.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.campervanrepairshop.com

    June 12, 2021 at 02:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. after school program near crofton md

    this is very informative and intersting for those who are interested in blogging field.

    http://www.bizmodules.net/Products/Product-Release-Notes/ctl/ReadDefault/mid/736/ArticleId/10

    June 12, 2021 at 02:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. appomannoni

    erectile medication over the counter kayamy erectile repair
    top erectile dysfunction doctors in tx slilicy men with erectile dysfunction
    erectile stimulus sicAdofs erectile injections

    June 12, 2021 at 03:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. After School Program Gambrills MD

    Fairly high-quality explanation. continue the good work

    https://wifidb.science/wiki/Just_after_Faculty_Systems_An_Approach_In_the_direction_of_Earning_Of_Responsible_Youth

    June 12, 2021 at 06:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. rv collision repair

    http://gulflubricants.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.biz/

    June 12, 2021 at 10:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. appomannoni

    erectile cure kayamy which erectile dysfunction drug is best
    erectile tissue problems slilicy why erectile dysfunction happens
    best erectile dysfunction pumps sicAdofs overcoming erectile dysfunction without drugs

    June 12, 2021 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Leave a Reply to JebgEncox


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.