Food insufficiency linked to frailty – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Using data from a large national survey, NIH-funded researchers are seeing alarming rates of frailty in those older than 60. Dr. Ellen Smit at Oregon State University defines frail as when a person experiences muscle weakness, exhaustion or can only manage low physical activity.
Smit: We noticed in this study that close to 50% of the population is either in the pre-stages of becoming frail or frail; and with the aging population, that can have a tremendous impact on the quality of life.
Narrator: Frailty is also linked to food insufficiency. For more research regarding older adults, visit www.nia.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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