Nutrition and fall risk. What’s the connection? It makes
sense when you think about it. Poor nutrition leads to muscle and
weight loss. Apple Country Chiropractic thoroughly assesses our
older Williamson chiropractic patients at risk for falls, paying
special attention to their nutritional status. Apple Country Chiropractic is
concerned about fall prevention!
NUTRITIONAL STATUS BEFORE FALLS
Researchers attempted to define
the relationship 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 had
a 45% higher risk of having at least 1 fall. (1)
Confirming BMI and nutritional status is pretty
easy to do. Apple Country Chiropractic does it to safeguard
our Williamson chiropractic patients!
Williamson FALL RISK AND MALNUTRITION
Fall risk assessments have often disregarded
nutritional status instead focusing on issues like balance
and fall risk-increasing drugs.
Nutritional status plays a role,
too. Malnutrition leads to weight loss which leads to
muscle weakness which leads to an increase in fall risk. It’s truly
a ripple effect! A recent study documented
that malnutrition was significantly associated with high fall risk
according to a few leading 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 especially those who have a history of falling puts them at risk of inferior recovery from a fall.
Almost a third of community-dwelling adults with a history
of falling were either already malnourished or at risk of
malnourishment. Improving the nutritional status of those who have fallen improved their physical
performance. (3) Apple Country Chiropractic knows nutrition and is prepared
to assist our at-risk patients enrich theirs!
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
Schedule a Williamson chiropractic visit for you
and/or your loved who is at risk for falls and/or malnutrition. Apple Country Chiropractic
strives to keep our Williamson chiropractic
patients safe from falls and malnutrition with solid