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Geriatric Nutrition 

Geriatric Nutrition
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Geriatric Nutrition
Author(s):

Julie Wendt

, Anna Rotkiewicz

, and Alice Berg

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190466268.003.0002
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date: 18 October 2019

The practice of integrative nutrition therapy aims to use food therapeutically in order to stimulate the body’s innate healing mechanisms and optimize health. Studies exploring the link between longevity and diet have reinforced the idea that health-promoting lifestyle habits delay the onset of age-related illness and death. As inflammatory processes drive chronic disease, any dietary intervention should aim to mitigate inflammation and promote the anti-inflammatory cascade. Practitioners can personalize the dietary interventions through the use of nutrigenomics and ancestral diets. This chapter covers nutrition assessment methods and key interventions to prevent weight loss, anorexia of aging, and malnutrition.

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