GPs 'missing malnutrition in elderly people'

Doctors who care for people aged over 50 could be failing to spot symptoms of malnutrition, according to a GP.

GPs who carry out health checks on over 50s could be missing problems such as malnutrition, an expert has warned.

Dr Sarah Jarvis, the resident GP on The One Show, said that doctors are often very busy dealing with multiple health problems in elderly patients.

As a result, many GPs are failing to screen older people for signs of malnutrition.

"It is enormously important that we are all on the lookout for malnutrition," Dr Jarvis insisted.

She noted that if over 50s are malnourished, their brains will not be working as actively as before.

Dr Jarvis also said that if there is a problem, relatives, friends and carers of vulnerable people need to highlight the risk and bring it to the attention of a GP.

She was speaking after a study by Opinion Matters found that nearly 20 per cent of Britons believe that only people in the Third World suffer from malnutrition.

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