Malnutrition, a disease that threatens the elderly

DECRYPTION – Falls, loss of autonomy, infections… Watch out for the loss of weight and muscle strength.

“Mom had been floating in her dresses for some time. When I worried about it, she replied: “With age, you too will see, you will have a bird’s appetite.”, Testifies Véronique, nurse in Lille. Fifteen days later she stumbled and broke the neck of the femur. “

Undernutrition is a disease. And as Pr Agathe Raynaud-Simon, head of the geriatrics department at Bichat hospital in Paris, “An aging person who is losing weight is not normal. It’s a warning sign. ” Little is said about this issue, yet undernutrition affects 4 to 10% of people over 70 living at home, or 400,000 people in France. But also 35% of people in nursing homes and up to 70% of those hospitalized. A particularly worrying situation for the collective fighting against undernutrition, at the origin of the nutrition week which has just ended.

“When we are undernourished we lose muscle, which will lead to falls and loss of autonomy. But it also goes

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