Nutrition and fall risk. What’s the connection? It makes
sense when you think about it. Poor nutrition sparks muscle and
weight loss. Minster Chiropractic Center thoroughly assesses our
older Minster chiropractic patients at risk for falls, paying
special attention to their nutritional status. Minster Chiropractic Center 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 live in community settings. They discovered that
malnourished patients and those at risk for malnourishment maintained
a 45% higher risk of having at least 1 fall. (1)
Confirming BMI and nutritional status is relatively
simple to do. Minster Chiropractic Center does it to safeguard
our Minster chiropractic patients!
Minster FALL RISK AND MALNUTRITION
Fall risk assessments have often ignored
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 documented
that malnutrition was significantly associated with high fall risk
according to a few prominent 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
Low nutritional status in older adults especially those who have a history of falling sets them up
for higher risk of poorer recovery from a fall.
Almost a third of community-dwelling adults with a fall history were either currently malnourished or at risk of
malnourishment. Enhancing the nutritional status of those who experienced
a fall improved their physical
performance. (3) Minster Chiropractic Center knows nutrition and is ready
to help our at-risk patients correct theirs!
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
Schedule a Minster chiropractic visit for you
and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Minster Chiropractic Center
intends to keep our Minster chiropractic
patients safe from falls and malnutrition with reliable