Nutrition and fall risk. What’s the link? It makes
sense when you think about it. Poor nutrition leads to muscle and
weight loss. Chiropractic Care thoroughly checks our
older West Palm Beach chiropractic patients at risk for falls, especially their nutritional status. Chiropractic Care cares about fall prevention!
NUTRITIONAL STATUS BEFORE FALLS
Researchers attempted to define
the association between nutritional status and body mass
index (BMI) and fall risk and recurrent fall risk in older adults
who live in community settings. They found that
malnourished patients and those at risk for malnourishment maintained
a 45% higher risk of experiencing at least 1 fall. (1)
Checking BMI and nutritional status is relatively
easy to do. Chiropractic Care does it to protect
our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients!
West Palm Beach 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 is important,
too. Malnutrition prompts weight loss which leads to
muscle weakness which leads to an increase in fall risk. It’s truly
a domino effect! A recent study revealed
that malnutrition was significantly linked with high fall risk
according to several leading fall risk assessment
tools (especially the Johns Hopkins fall risk assessment
tool). (2) Preventing falls is optimal. Recovering from falls is important.
NUTRITIONAL STATUS AND RECOVERY AFTER FALLS
Low nutritional status in older adults especially those with a history of falling puts them at risk of poorer recovery from a fall.
Almost a third of community-dwelling adults with a history
of falling were either currently malnourished or at risk of
malnourishment. Improving the nutritional status of those who have fallen enhanced their physical
performance. (3) Chiropractic Care understands nutrition and is prepared
to help our at-risk patients correct theirs!
CONTACT Chiropractic Care
Schedule a West Palm Beach chiropractic visit for you
and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Chiropractic Care
intends to keep our West Palm Beach chiropractic
patients safe from falls and malnutrition with reliable
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