Research shows that 20—50% of elderly Australians are malnourished.1-7
Malnutrition occurs when patients are unable to maintain sufficient food intake to meet nutrient needs or they cannot fully utilise the food they consume due to illness, resulting in a loss of body weight (fat and lean mass) as well as impact on cognitive function.
Malnutrition can be caused by:
- Food intake and appetite being affected by surgery or illnesses such as cancer, stroke, gastrointestinal conditions, anorexia or dentition
- Multiple medication interactions