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Perspectivas en Nutrición Humana

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ALVAREZ-ROLDAN, Daniela; DEOSSA-RESTREPO, Gloria Cecilia  and  ESTRADA-RESTREPO, Alejandro. Relation between nutritional status and depression symptoms in people 50 years and older, Sabaneta (Antioquia-Colombia) 2015. Perspect Nut Hum [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.1, pp.11-23. ISSN 0124-4108.


To determine nutritional status and symptoms of depression in adults, factors which are importantto consider in the design of strategies that contribute to increasing quality of life.


To describe the relationbetween sociodomographic, nutritional, and depression factors in adults 50 years of age and older.

Materials and methods:

Descriptive cross-sectional study, in which sociodemographic, anthropometric, nutritional and mental healthvariables were determined in 168 adults aged 50 years and over, who belong to the Older Adult Program (PAM) of thecity of Sabaneta, Antioquia.


We found significant differences between the variables body mass index (BMI),sex, and marital status, as well as in the nutritional minivaloration score (MNA) in relation to marital status (p <0.05).With the Beck depression score no significant relationships were found with sociodeomograhpic variables (P> 0.05),but significance was found with with MNA score (p <0.001). Conclusions: The findings make it possible to establishaccording to BMI and MNA, that participants generally have a favorable socioeconomic situation and an adequatenutritional status; In addition, the frequency was low of depression symptoms, contributing to the health status andwell-being of adults belonging to the PAM.

Keywords : Nutritional status; body mass index; mini nutritional assessments; depression; elderly.

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