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Nutrient Status Assessment in Individuals and Populations for Healthy Aging - Statement from an Expert Workshop

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Mathers



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A workshop organized by the University Medical Center Groningen addressed various current issues regarding nutrient status of individuals and populations, tools and strategies for its assessment, and opportunities to intervene. The importance of nutrient deficiencies and information on nutrient status for health has been illustrated, in particular for elderly and specific patient groups. The nutrient profile of individuals can be connected to phenotypes, like hypertension or obesity, as well as to socio-economic data. This approach provides information on the relationship between nutrition (nutrient intake and status) and health outcomes and, for instance, allows us to use the findings to communicate and advocate a healthy lifestyle. Nutrition is complex: a broader profile of nutrients should be considered rather than focusing solely on a single nutrient. Evaluating food patterns instead of intake of individual nutrients provides better insight into relationships between nutrition and health and disease. This approach would allow us to provide feedback to individuals about their status and ways to improve their nutritional habits. In addition, it would provide tools for scientists and health authorities to update and develop public health recommendations.

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Author(s): Péter S, Saris WHM, Mathers JC, Feskens E, Schols A, Navis G, Kuipers F, Weber P, Eggersdorfer M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nutrients

Year: 2015

Volume: 7

Issue: 12

Pages: 10491-10500

Online publication date: 16/12/2015

Acceptance date: 10/12/2015

Date deposited: 05/04/2016

ISSN (electronic): 2072-6643

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/nu7125547


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