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Supplements may benefit hospitalized older adults.

In a randomized, controlled study of 225 hospitalized and acutely ill patients age 65 and older, a six-week regimen of nutritional supplementation led to an overall improvement in quality of life, according to a study in the December Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The patients' mean age was 75, and they had a variety of medical conditions, including heart disease and cancer. The supplement contained 995 calories and 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, and minerals such as calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc. At six months, the patients showed improvements in their quality of life, as measured by tests of their physical ability, physical limitations, and social function. It may be that during and acute illness, older adults become deficient in certain nutrients that the supplements replace, although further studies are needed to know if this explains the study findings.

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Title Annotation:NEWS BRIEFS
Publication:Focus on Healthy Aging
Article Type:Clinical report
Date:Feb 1, 2008
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