Nutrition, Aging, and the Elderly

  • Hamish N. Munro
  • Darla E. Danford

Part of the Human Nutrition book series (HUNU, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Challenges of Research into Nutrition and Aging

  3. Nutrition and Age-Related Changes in Body Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Edward J. Masoro
      Pages 25-41
    3. Irwin H. Rosenberg, Robert M. Russell, Barbara B. Bowman
      Pages 43-60
    4. Simin Nikbin Meydani, Jeffrey B. Blumberg
      Pages 61-87
    5. William J. Evans, Carol N. Meredith
      Pages 89-126
  4. Nutrient Needs of the Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. W. P. T. James, Ann Ralph, Anna Ferro-Luzzi
      Pages 129-151
    3. Robert R. Recker, Robert P. Heaney
      Pages 183-193
    4. Walter Mertz, Eugene R. Morris, J. Cecil Smith Jr., Emorn Udomkesmalee, Meira Fields, Orville A. Levander et al.
      Pages 195-244
    5. Paulo M. Suter, Robert M. Russell
      Pages 245-291
    6. David Kritchevsky
      Pages 293-301
  5. Other Aspects of the Nutrient Status of the Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Mary Bess Kohrs, Dorice M. Czajka-Narins, James W. Nordstrom
      Pages 305-333
    3. William Cameron Chumlea, Alex F. Roche, Maria L. Steinbaugh
      Pages 335-361
    4. Daphne A. Roe
      Pages 363-384
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 385-395

About this book


The proportion of the population over 65 years of age is increasing steadily in most industrialized countries. In the United States the proportion of elderly people has risen from four percent in 1900 to 11 % in 1978, and is projected to be 14% by the year 2000. The occurrence of debilitating chronic diseases in the elderly increases with each additional year. These diseases, along with the natural loss of tissue function that occurs throughout adult life, impose a heavy burden on the health care system. Nutri­ tion plays an important etiologic role in many of these degenerative changes. Conse­ quently, the aging segment of the population presents a challenge to the nutrition scientist, who should be able to recommend optimal intakes of nutrients to minimize the functional losses associated with aging and to optimize the health of those already elderly. This sixth volume in the series Human Nutrition: A Comprehensive Treatise provides a conspectus of the various interactions of nutrition with the aging process and a comprehensive survey of current knowledge of the amounts of individual nutrients needed by the elderly. The volume begins with a general survey of the multifaceted relationship of nutrition to aging, followed by four chapters on how nutrition can affect age-related changes in selected body functions. The next six chapters cover the avail­ able evidence regarding the needs of the elderly for dietary energy, protein, calcium, trace elements, vitamins, and fiber.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hamish N. Munro
    • 1
  • Darla E. Danford
    • 2
  1. 1.USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on AgingTufts UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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