Nutrition and fall risk. What’s the connection? It makes
sense when you think about it. Poor nutrition leads to muscle and
weight loss. Vancouver Spine Care Centre thoroughly checks our
older Vancouver chiropractic patients at risk for falls, especially their nutritional status. Vancouver Spine Care Centre cares about fall prevention!
NUTRITIONAL STATUS BEFORE FALLS
Researchers tried to describe
the association between nutritional status and body mass
index (BMI) and fall risk and recurrent fall risk in older people
who reside in community settings. They found that
malnourished patients and those at risk for malnourishment had
a 45% higher risk of having at least 1 fall. (1)
Confirming BMI and nutritional status is pretty
simple to do. Vancouver Spine Care Centre does it to safeguard
our Vancouver chiropractic patients!
Vancouver 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 has a role,
too. Malnutrition leads to weight loss which prompts
muscle weakness which leads to an increase in fall risk. It’s truly
a domino effect! A recent study reported
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
Poor nutritional status in older adults notably
in those who have a history of falling sets them up
for higher 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 enhanced their physical
performance. (3) Vancouver Spine Care Centre understands nutrition and is prepared
to assist our at-risk patients correct theirs!
CONTACT Vancouver Spine Care Centre
Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic visit for you
and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Vancouver Spine Care Centre
intends to keep our Vancouver chiropractic
patients protected from falls and malnutrition with solid