Food insufficiency linked to frailty – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. NIH-funded researchers using national survey data have found a link between not getting enough food and being frail. Dr. Ellen Smit at Oregon State University says the study does not identify a cause.
Smit: I cannot determine causality because it's a cross-sectional study so everything is it’s like a snapshot at one point time. So I can only say that these two seem to be associated. So I do not know if frailty came first or if food insufficiency came first.
Narrator: However, the study does show that almost 50% of the older adults surveyed were becoming frail or were already. For details, 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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