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September 21, 1957

NUTRITIONAL PROBLEMS IN THE AGING AND AGED

JAMA. 1957;165(3):257-258. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980210016015
Abstract

With the increasing of the life span, a larger percentage of the total population are now in the old age group. It is not enough merely to increase life span per se; these added years must be made productive and enjoyable and then extended further. One of the many problems to be explored in the aging population is nutrition. Does it need special attention? Is it a problem by itself or is it secondary to other more important questions? Can the effects of earlier metabolic insults be reversed?

Aging is the sum of life experiences in its broadest concept, the inference being that avoiding physiological insults, including episodes of malnutrition, all throughout life will result in greater longevity and prolonged functional usefulness. The problem of the aged resolves itself into two components— the aging process itself and the actual status of the aged person. Little is known of the aging

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