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What does nutritional status refer to?

degree of balance between nutrient intake and nutrient requirements
the balance is affected by: physiologic, psychosocial, developmental, cultural, and economic factors


What is optimal nutritional status?

Achieved when sufficient nutrients are consumed to support day-to-day body needs and any increased metabolic demands due to growth, pregnancy, or illness
Persons having optimal nutritional status are more active, have fewer physical illnesses, and live longer than persons who are malnourished


What is undernutrition?

Occurs when nutritional reserves are depleted or when nutrient intake is inadequate to meet day-to-day needs or added metabolic demands


What are the vulnerable groups who can suffer from undernutrition?

Vulnerable groups—infants, children, pregnant women, recent immigrants, persons with low incomes, hospitalized people, and aging adults—are at risk for the following:
Impaired growth and development
Lowered resistance to infection and disease
Delayed wound healing
Longer hospital stays
Higher health care costs


What is overnutrition?

Caused by consumption of nutrients, especially calories, sodium, and fat, in excess of body needs


What can overnutrition lead to?

obesity and is risk factor for the following:
Heart disease and hypertension
Type II diabetes
Gallbladder disease
Sleep apnea
Certain cancers


What should we keep in mind with adulthood and nutrition?

During adulthood, growth and nutrient needs stabilize
Most adults in relatively good health
However, lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, stress, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol intake, and diets high in saturated fat, cholesterol, salt, and sugar and low in fiber can be factors in development of hypertension, obesity, atherosclerosis, cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes mellitus
Adult years, therefore, are an important time for education to preserve health and to prevent or delay onset of chronic disease


What should be kept in mind with the aging adult?

As people age, a number of changes occur that make them prone to undernutrition or overnutrition
Major risk factors for malnutrition in older adults include poor physical or mental health, social isolation, alcoholism, limited functional ability, poverty, and polypharmacy
Normal physiologic changes in aging adults that directly affect nutritional status include poor dentition, decreased visual acuity, decreased saliva production, slowed gastrointestinal motility, decreased gastrointestinal absorption, and diminished olfactory and taste sensitivity


What are important nutritional features of the older years to be kept in mind?

Decrease in energy requirements due to loss of lean body mass and increase in fat mass
Socioeconomic conditions frequently have a significant effect on nutritional status
Decline of extended families and increased mobility of families reduce available support systems
Facilities for meal preparation, transportation to grocery stores, physical limitations, income, and social isolation interfere with acquisition of balanced diet
Multiple medications that have a potential for interaction with nutrients and with one another


What is to be kept in mind to maintain cultural competence with nutrition?

Foods and eating customs are culturally diverse, and each person has unique cultural heritage that may affect nutritional status
Immigrants commonly maintain traditional eating customs long after language and manner of dress of adopted country become routine
Occupation, class, religion, gender, and health awareness also have a great bearing on eating customs
Not only do food habits change to accommodate their new cultures, but also their food habits have influence on their adoptive country


What is subjective data for nutrition assessment?

Eating patterns
Usual weight
Changes in appetite, taste, smell, chewing, swallowing
Recent surgery, trauma, burns, infection
Chronic illnesses
Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation
Food allergies or intolerances
Medications or nutritional supplements
Self-care behaviors
Alcohol or illegal drug use
Exercise and activity patterns


What are the most common anthropomorphic measuers?

Measurement and evaluation of growth, development, and body composition
Most commonly used anthropometric measures
Height and weight, triceps skinfold thickness, elbow breadth, arm and head circumferences
Derived weight measure
Three derived weight measures are used to depict changes in body weight
Body weight as a percentage of ideal body weight
Percent usual body weight
Body mass index
Body mass index is practical marker of optimal weight for height and an indicator of obesity or protein-calorie malnutrition


What is the skinfold thickness measure?

Measurements provide an estimate of body fat stores or extent of obesity or undernutrition
Although other sites can be used (biceps, subcapsular, or suprailiac skinfolds), triceps skinfold (TSF) is most commonly selected because of its easy accessibility and because standards and techniques are most developed for this site
In preparation to measure TSF thickness
Have ambulatory person stand with arms hanging freely at the sides and back to examiner
Nonambulatory persons should lie on one side with uppermost arm fully extended and palm of hand on thigh


What can be achieved in a laboratory study?

Laboratory studies are objective and can detect preclinical nutritional deficiencies and can be used to confirm subjective findings
Use caution when interpreting test results that may be outside normal ranges, because they do not always reflect nutritional problems and because standards for aging adults have not yet been firmly established


What are the best routinely performed laboratory indicators of nutritional status?

Total lymphocyte count
Serum albumin
Glucose, low- and high-density lipoproteins, prealbumin, transferrin, and total protein levels also provide meaningful information