A Physician's Guide to Nutrition in Chronic Disease Management for Older Adults


A Physician's Guide to Nutrition in Chronic Disease Management for Older Adults


This 18-page booklet provides concise, disease-specific nutrition information for physicians caring for older adults with the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis

The guide provides nutritional screening parameters, treatment options, and outcome measures for each disease, as well as useful definitions, risk factors, and prevalence statistics.

Also included is a list and description of selected nutrition screening tools and a section on other factors to be considered in assessing nutrition in older adults (e.g., vitamins/minerals, complementary/alternative therapies, prescription drugs, lifestyle changes, and depression).

A four-page patient nutrition guide with general and disease-specific nutrition guidelines is included in the booklet. This guide may be copied and given to patients.


Release Date: 2002
Original Summary: July 2005
Last Updated: 04/14/08

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