Optimal Nutrition in the Older Adult: Beneficial Versus Ineffective Supplements.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Proper nutrition in older adults is essential, as nutritional deficiencies are common in this population. This review aims to summarize the benefits and risks of nutritional supplementation in the older adult population including the efficacy of various supplements, their risks, and common drug interactions with frequently prescribed medications. RECENT FINDINGS: In recent years, a growing percentage of older adults have been found to take multiple daily nutritional supplements. This population has complex nutritional needs due to the physiology of aging and the presence of comorbidities. However, many primary care providers are unaware of the benefits and drawbacks of nutritional supplementation in the elderly. This review summarizes the current literature to provide more clarity to providers on how to support this population's nutritional needs. Nutritional supplementation is essential for elderly populations who may not be able to obtain adequate nutrition from dietary sources. Supplements vary widely in efficacy and safety. As such, supplementation should be individualized and guided by a qualified healthcare provider to ensure patients receive effective, beneficial nutrition.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Haines, KL; Gorenshtein, L; Lumpkin, S; Grisel, B; Gallagher, S

Published Date

  • January 23, 2023

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 36689099

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2161-3311

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s13668-023-00459-y


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States