Nutrition and fall risk. What’s the link? It’s pretty simple when you think about it. Poor nutrition sparks muscle and
weight loss. Pflugerville Wellness Center thoroughly assesses our
older Pflugerville chiropractic patients at risk for falls, paying
special attention to their nutritional status. Pflugerville Wellness Center cares about fall prevention!
NUTRITIONAL STATUS BEFORE FALLS
Researchers tried to describe
the relationship between nutritional status and body mass
index (BMI) and fall risk and recurrent fall risk in older adults
who reside in community settings. They discovered that
malnourished patients and those at risk for malnourishment had
a 45% higher risk of experiencing at least one fall. (1)
Verifying BMI and nutritional status is pretty
easy to do. Pflugerville Wellness Center does it to safeguard
our Pflugerville chiropractic patients!
Pflugerville 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 prompts weight loss which prompts
muscle weakness which leads to an increase in fall risk. It is truly
a ripple effect! A recent study reported
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 who have a history of falling puts them at risk of inferior recovery from a fall.
Nearly a third of community-dwelling adults with a fall history were either currently malnourished or at risk of
malnourishment. Improving the nutritional status of those who have fallen enhanced their physical
performance. (3) Pflugerville Wellness Center knows nutrition and is ready
to assist our at-risk patients enrich theirs!
CONTACT Pflugerville Wellness Center
Schedule a Pflugerville chiropractic visit for you
and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Pflugerville Wellness Center
intends to keep our Pflugerville chiropractic
patients safe from falls and malnutrition with sounds
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