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Relationship between nutritional status and immune function of elderly people.
Roebothan BV; Chandra RK; Department of Biochemistry, Memorial
September 30, 1994
Age Ageing. 1994 Jan;23(1):49-53. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Thirty-four malnourished subjects between the ages of 61 and 97 years were given appropriate food supplement(s) for a period of 6 consecutive months. They were followed for a subsequent 6 months during which time there was no nutritional intervention. Nutritional assessment and immunological evaluation were performed at 0, 6, and 12 months. Nutritional assessment included anthropometry, biochemistry, and clinical examination. Immunological evaluation included serum complement C3 concentration, delayed cutaneous hypersensitivity skin test, and the enumeration of total lymphocytes, rosetting T-cells, CD4+ cells, and CD8+ cells. Immune function improved by the end of the supplementation period. Six months of nutritional supplementation significantly increased the percentage of lymphocytes represented by mature T-cells.

Aged Aged, 80 and over Carbohydrates/*ADMINISTRATION & DOSAGE CD4-CD8 Ratio Female Follow-Up Studies *Food, Fortified *Geriatric Assessment Human Hypersensitivity, Delayed/IMMUNOLOGY Intradermal Tests Leukocyte Count Male Middle Age Nutritional Requirements *Nutritional Status Nutritive Value Protein-Energy Malnutrition/DIET THERAPY/*IMMUNOLOGY Support, Non-U.S. Gov't T-Lymphocytes/IMMUNOLOGY JOURNAL ARTICLE