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Articles September 2014 Issue

Do You Need to Drink Extra Nutrition?

Experts advise most seniors to skip “liquid candy” nutrition shakes.

Nutrition “shakes,” originally developed for hospital patients at risk of malnourishment because of difficulty eating conventional food, are now being marketed to healthy people of all ages as a convenient form of nutritional insurance—sort of like a multivitamin in a bottle. But the American Geriatrics Society recently advised against using the popular liquid supplements even for most older adults suffering unintentional weight loss. “There is no evidence that they affect other important clinical outcomes, such as quality of life, mood, functional status or survival,” according to the society’s latest Choosing Wisely guidance for physicians and patients.

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