SANTA MONICA, Calif.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Elderly people who live on their own that don’t prepare whole meals or don’t know how tend to dwindle their intake to “tea and toast” at the expense of vital nutrients and their health, according to an article published in the February issue of Food Nutrition & Science.
According to Nutritionist Ellie Wilson, MS, RD of Price Chopper Supermarkets, “Tea and Toast Syndrome” leads to reduced calories and a gradual loss of wellness and muscle due to poor protein intake. Wilson says research is showing that snacking may be a great way for seniors to meet their needs.
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Sarcopenia is a significant yet overlooked problem in the older
population. Analogous to the loss of bone mass commonly known
as osteoporosis, sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass, which results in
the loss of strength.
Like osteoporosis, sarcopenia can have devastating
consequences for an older individual, who can experience difficulty
bathing, dressing, or other daily activities. Sarcopenia puts older
persons at risk of sustaining a fall or simply being unable to care
for themselves. Ultimately, this may require nursing home care.
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