A new study reveals more than half of seniors who visit the ER are malnourished or at risk for malnutrition.
(NBC) - A new study points to a serious problem among senior citizens. Many aren't eating enough.
Researchers found 16 percent of seniors who visited the emergency room were malnourished, and an additional 44 percent were at risk for malnutrition.
And although the majority of these patients had a regular doctor and health insurance, most had never been diagnosed with a lack of nutrition.
Depression was the greatest risk factor for malnutrition - along with difficulty eating, problems getting groceries and residing in assisted living.
Experts say doctors need to be aware of these findings and intervene in cases where malnutrition is suspected.