Nutrition and fall risk. What’s the link? It makes
sense when you think about it. Poor nutrition leads to muscle and
weight loss. Watertown Wellness Center thoroughly checks our
older Watertown chiropractic patients at risk for falls, paying
special attention to their nutritional status. Watertown Wellness Center 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 live in community settings. They found 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
easy to do. Watertown Wellness Center does it to protect
our Watertown chiropractic patients!
Watertown FALL RISK AND MALNUTRITION
Fall risk assessments have often disregarded
nutritional status instead concentrating on issues like balance
and fall risk-increasing drugs.
Nutritional status has a role,
too. Malnutrition leads to 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 several 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 with a history of falling puts them at 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 have fallen increased their physical
performance. (3) Watertown Wellness Center knows nutrition and is prepared
to help our at-risk patients correct theirs!
CONTACT Watertown Wellness Center
Schedule a Watertown chiropractic visit for you
and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Watertown Wellness Center
intends to keep our Watertown chiropractic
patients protected from falls and malnutrition with reliable