An African perspective on nutrition and ageing

A.R.P. Walker

Abstract


Although the proportion of elderly in African populations is much smaller than that in white populations, it is increasing. Since the huge majority of Africans are in poor economic circumstances, questions arise as to how well they manage, particularly regarding their eating habits and nutritional state. On the one hand the limited information available indicates major shortfalls from international dietary recommended allowances of nutrients. Yet, outwardly, elderly Africans appear to manage better than would be expected. Unfortunately, no cross-sectional nor prospective studies in this area have been undertaken on representative groups of African elderly. In view of the increasing poverty of the populations of most African countries, it would be of value to learn from nutritional and clinical studies, of minimum food intakes which are still consistent with everyday good health.

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