Importance of Nutrition in Primary Care: Nutritional Risk and MalnutritionAntonio Masiá Alegre*
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Valencia, Spain
- *Corresponding Author:
- Antonio Masiá Alegre
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Valencia, Spain
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: Mar 8, 2017; Accepted date: Jun 3, 2017; Published date: Jun 10, 2017
Citation: Alegre AM (2017) Importance of Nutrition in Primary Care: Nutritional Risk and Malnutrition . Epidemiology (Sunnyvale) 7:309. doi: 10.4172/2161-1165.1000309
Copyright: © 2017 Alegre AM, This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Food habits are a determinant of the health of the population and therefore an adequate assessment by the Family Doctor would improve the patients' lives, reduce complications, hospital stays and costs to the health system.
An example of this reality is the elderly person who, either on his own initiative or through the family or caregiver, reports loss of appetite, who does not like food, walks and has lost weight. In these cases it is essential to perform a nutritional assessment, as well as the search for malnutrition in the face of a risk circumstance.