Journal article

Immunological and nutritional factors in elderly people in low-level care and their association with mortality.

Julie L Woods, Sandra Iuliano-Burns, Karen Z Walker

Immunity and Ageing | Published : 2013


BACKGROUND: This study examines associations between markers of nutritional status and lymphocyte subsets and seeks to determine if lymphocyte profile is predictive of survival in elderly Australians residing in aged care facilities. Aged yet still ambulatory subjects (n = 88, 73% female) living in low-level care and requiring minimal assistance were studied for 143 weeks. At baseline when participants were aged (mean ± SD) 86.0 ± 5.9 years, dietary intake was determined by 3-day weighed food record, body composition was assessed by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and a venous blood sample was taken. RESULTS: At baseline assessment, study participants were consuming nutrient-poor diet..

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