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Eftekhar ardebili H, Lashkar boloki F, Jazayeri A, Ariaei M, Minaei M. Nutritional status of elderly people . sjsph. 2014; 12 (2) :59-68
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1- MD. Professor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Public health,Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- MPH. School of Public health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , farhadlb51@gmail.com
3- Ph.D. Professor, Department of Nutrition and Biochemistry, School of Public health,
4- MSc. Deputy of Research, Golestan University of Medical Science, Gorgan, Iran
5- BSc. Gorgan health center, Golestan University of Medical Science, Gorgan, Iran
Abstract:   (3281 Views)

  Background an Aim: Aging trend especially in developing country is increasing. This study aimed to assess the nutritional status of the elderly and its associated factors in Gorgan .

  Materials and Methods: This is a cross sectional study that two-stage cluster sampling method was used for considering participant. The data were collected using Mini Nutritional Assessment and anthropometric questionnaire which was referred to the elderly inhabitant in urban area. 541 elder were interviewed and data were analyzed by chi square, independent T test and one way ANOVA tests.

  Results : The prevalence of malnutrition was %4/8 and nearly %44/7 of the elderly were at the risk of malnutrition. %51/9 of the elderly were on a special diet due to a disease or specific condition. Malnutrition frequency and the risk of it were higher in woman than men and the difference between sexes was statistically significant. BMI, mid arm circumference and calf circumference measures in elderly with malnutrition were less than elderly with good nutrition, and the difference was statistically significant

  Conclusion: The risk of malnutrition in elderly who exposed to socio-economic, mental and also dental difficulties, living alone and female old age was higher than others groups. The implementation of supportive and nutritional programs is more important in this group.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Public Health
Received: 2014/10/21 | Accepted: 2014/10/21 | Published: 2014/10/21

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