Nutrition and fall risk. What’s the link? It makes
sense when you think about it. Poor nutrition sparks muscle and
weight loss. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa thoroughly checks our
older West Des Moines chiropractic patients at risk for falls, paying
special attention to their nutritional status. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa cares about fall prevention!
NUTRITIONAL STATUS BEFORE FALLS
Researchers tried to define
the relationship between nutritional status and body mass
index (BMI) and fall risk and recurrent fall risk in older people
who reside in community settings. They found that
malnourished patients and those at risk for malnourishment maintained
a 45% higher risk of having at least one fall. (1)
Verifying BMI and nutritional status is pretty
easy to perform. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa does it to safeguard
our West Des Moines chiropractic patients!
West Des Moines FALL RISK AND MALNUTRITION
Fall risk assessments have often disregarded
nutritional status instead focusing on issues like balance
and fall risk-increasing drugs.
Nutritional status has a role,
too. Malnutrition leads to weight loss which prompts
muscle weakness which leads to an increase in fall risk. It is truly
a ripple effect! A recent study revealed
that malnutrition was significantly associated with high fall risk
according to several leading fall risk assessment
tools (particularly the Johns Hopkins fall risk assessment
tool). (2) Preventing falls is optimal. Recovering from falls is important.
NUTRITIONAL STATUS AND RECOVERY AFTER FALLS
Poor nutritional status in older adults notably
in those with a history of falling sets them up
for higher risk of inferior recovery from a fall.
Nearly a third of community-dwelling adults with a history
of falling were either already malnourished or at risk of
malnourishment. Improving the nutritional status of those who experienced
a fall enhanced their physical
performance. (3) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa understands nutrition and is prepared
to help our at-risk patients enrich theirs!
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
Schedule a West Des Moines chiropractic visit for you
and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
strives to keep our West Des Moines chiropractic
patients safe from falls and malnutrition with solid
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