Objectives: The aim was to investigate older people’s energy intake regarding macro- and micronutrients, related to nutritional status, symptoms of depression, self-perceived health and demographical factors, and describe possible changes of energy intake during a period of two years.
Method: The study included 115 individuals 80 years-old who performed a yearly 24h recallvof food intake, a total of three times. Energy requirement was estimated using weight, agevand gender and a Physical Activity Level of 1.6, and the Nordic Nutrition Recommendationsvwere used as a reference for nutrients. Nutritional status was assessed using the MinivNutritional Assessment and symptoms of depression using the Geriatric Depression Scale-20.
Result: Three groups with different self-reported energy intakes appeared in the analysis, onev with <1500 kcal, a second with a fluctuating intake over time (±1500 kcal), and a third with ≥1500 kcal. Intake of vitamins A, D, E, folate and fibre were below the recommended levels in all groups. The same pattern of energy intake and micronutrients was found over time. No correlation between energy intake and MNA and GDS-20 was found.
Conclusion: Reported energy intake and some micronutrients were low in relation to estimated energy requirement. This might be due to a combination of low energy intake, underreporting and the day on which the 24h recall was performed. Weight loss was found in women and men who reported a fluctuating energy intake and among men who reported an energy intake <1500 kcal. This might indicate an inadequate energy intake and an increased vulnerability to malnutrition.