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Weight just a minute!
One in ten older people are malnourished or at risk of being malnourished in the UK, explains BGS Nutrition and GI SIG Chair, Dr Harnish Patel.
What we learned in setting up a care bundle to support eating and drinking at risk
Dysphagia is common in hospital and when there is an appreciable risk of choking, aspiration or pneumonia, people can be said to be ‘eating and drinking at risk’ (EDAR). This is usually considered when their swallow is unlikely to improve in a reasonable time frame, there is no safe and acceptable modified diet, and tube feeding has been ruled out.
What is the impact of diet on cancer risk?
As we pass another World Cancer Day on 4 February 2020, I reflect on why I am passionate about promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle for cancer prevention. 1 in 2 people born after 1960 will develop cancer in their lifetime, and cancer is the commonest cause of premature death in the UK.