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Finland's elderly face high risk of malnutrition: study
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17:57, July 19, 2007

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The elderly in Finland face a high risk of malnutrition, a study showed on Thursday.

A research group from the University of Kuopio found that many elderly people in the country end up in a vicious cycle -- illness takes away their appetite, leading to undernourishment, which cause other illnesses and impede recovery.

The study found that about 10 percent of the elderly people who live at home are malnourished, while up to 30 percent are at risk of undernutrition.

Those living in care facilities face the highest risk of poor nutrition, with 50 percent of them malnourished, and the problem seems to be getting worse, the study said.

Merja Suominen, a project manager at the country's Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged, said that to meet the elderly's nutrition needs is expensive, but the costs are far less than caring for the elderly who suffer from illnesses caused by malnutrition.

Source: Xinhua

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