What to Ask: Nutrition

Malnutrition (poor nutrition) is associated with many chronic diseases of aging. The term malnutrition refers to both undernutrition (such as unintended weight loss) and overnutrition (such as obesity).

Age-related changes in physiology, metabolism, and function also change the nutritional requirements of older adults. Older adults can improve their health and independence by understanding the relationship between the aging process and nutritional screening, evaluation, and dietary management.

Click on each of the topics below to display questions you can ask your healthcare provider about nutrition. 

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