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Cholesterol as a Sign of Malnutrition and Increased Mortality

As a dietitian and healthcare provider, most of us are taught that for cholesterol, high is bad and low is good. We are seldom concerned with cholesterol unless it exceeds 200 mg/dL. It is rarely discussed that cholesterol, or rather low cholesterol, can be an indicator of malnutrition and increased mortality in the older adult. Perhaps this is something new to you as well. Let’s dig into malnutrition and the role of cholesterol in both malnutrition and mortality risk. What is Malnutrition? Malnutrition is defined as: “Inadequate intake of protein and/or energy over prolonged periods of time resulting in loss of fat stores and/or muscle stores, including starvation related malnutrition, chro

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