DOST study on the relationship between body composition and quality of life in older adults to begin soon – Manila Bulletin

Beginning of a DOST study on the relationships between body composition and quality of life in old age

The Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) is expected to start researching the relationship between body composition and quality of life in older people.

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DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said preparations were underway for the implementation of DOST-FNRI research on nutrition and aging.

“The project aims to determine the association of body composition with the functional capacity and quality of life of older people in certain regions of the country,” he said in his weekly report on Friday August 6.

“More specifically, it will assess the body composition, functional capacity and quality of life of the elderly; and determine the following: the relationship between muscle mass and fat mass with functional capacity and quality of life; relationship of geographic and environmental variables with the nutritional status of older people using geographic information system or GIS; and the energy cost of certain physical and professional activities of the elderly.

Meanwhile, the head of DOST also unveiled the launch of “Safe Food Digest”, an electronic food safety magazine.

He said that DOST-FNRI and DOST-Region III have launched the magazine “which aims to communicate best practices, practical tips and guides” on food security.

DOST-FNRI published the results of its study showing that there is a high prevalence of undernutrition among elderly Filipinos in food insecure households.

The study found that about 83 percent of Filipino seniors did not meet the recommended energy intake, and about 71 percent did not meet the recommended protein intake.



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