Nutrition and fall risk. What’s the connection? It makes
sense when you think about it. Poor nutrition leads to muscle and
weight loss. Satterwhite Chiropractic thoroughly checks our
older Oxford chiropractic patients at risk for falls, especially their nutritional status. Satterwhite Chiropractic cares about fall prevention!
NUTRITIONAL STATUS BEFORE FALLS
Researchers tried to define
the association 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 maintained
a 45% higher risk of experiencing at least one fall. (1)
Checking BMI and nutritional status is relatively
simple to perform. Satterwhite Chiropractic does it to protect
our Oxford chiropractic patients!
Oxford FALL RISK AND MALNUTRITION
Fall risk assessments have often ignored
nutritional status instead concentrating on issues like balance
and fall risk-increasing drugs.
Nutritional status is influential,
too. Malnutrition prompts weight loss which leads to
muscle weakness which leads to an increase in fall risk. It is truly
a domino effect! A recent study revealed
that malnutrition was significantly associated with high fall risk
according to a few 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 especially those with a history of falling puts them at 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. Enhancing the nutritional status of those who experienced
a fall enhanced their physical
performance. (3) Satterwhite Chiropractic understands nutrition and is prepared
to help our at-risk patients enrich theirs!
CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic
Schedule a Oxford chiropractic visit for you
and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Satterwhite Chiropractic
strives to keep our Oxford chiropractic
patients safe from falls and malnutrition with reliable