The determination of total energy and nutrient intake in older adults in Turkey

Nurcan Yabanci Ayhan, Pelin Bilgic, Isil Simsek, Muhittin Tayfur, Nobuko Hongu

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Nutritional assessment is closely related to mortality and morbidity of the elderly. The study examined the total energy intake and nutrients among a diverse sample of older adults. The study sample consisted of 549 subjects (250 men and 299 women) aged 65 and above, who live in Ankara, Turkey. Dietary intakes were obtained using a 24-hour recall method. The averages of daily energy intakes were 1653.3±596.7 kcal in men and 1614.1±612.7 kcal in women. The insufficient intake of thiamine, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium and zinc were 46.2, 31.7, 69.6, 59.4, and 42.3 percent, respectively in both men and women. Inadequate intakes of total energy and nutrients identified in this study may provide a useful basis for dietary interventions targeted at older adults in Turkey. To meet recommended dietary intake among older adults, it is important to provide a simple approach that encourages choosing high quality diets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
JournalStudies on Ethno-Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • Elderly
  • Energy intake
  • Nutrition
  • Nutritional assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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