To help baby boomers maintain their quality of life and physical functionality, it’s critical to encourage healthy aging, yet up to 1 in 3 adults are at risk of malnutrition which can have significant health and cost implications. A first-of-its-kind study in Clinical Nutrition from Abbott, and Colombia’s Javeriana University and San Ignacio Hospital demonstrates that a simple nutrition care program can drive health benefits like physical functionality, cognitive function, psychological well-being and quality of life among malnourished or at-risk older adults. For more information visit www.nutritionnews.abbott
Malnutrition can be easily addressed when recognized and treated as a vital sign. Just like blood pressure, it only takes a few minutes to identify if someone is at risk of malnutrition and inform the appropriate treatment plan. Tiffany DeWitt, RD, MBA, a registered dietitian at Abbott and returning guest Dr. Suela Sulo, a study author and health outcomes researcher at Abbott, discuss simple steps healthcare professionals, caregivers and older adults can take to reduce malnutrition and promote healthy aging, as well as additional information about the study.
Suela Sulo, Ph.D. currently leads the Health Economics, Outcomes Research, and Policy work for Abbott’s global nutrition research and development. Suela received a Bachelor and Master of Science in Psychology and Counseling from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with concentration in Healthcare and Human Services from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.