Malnutrition and Sarcopenia: Are you able to distinguish and treat effectively? (Parts 1 and 2)

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In healthcare settings – both acute, community-based, and long-term care - dietitians provide care to a growing number of elderly clients. Malnutrition and sarcopenia are two well-known conditions existing in this population.


A manifestation common to both malnutrition and sarcopenia is muscle wasting. Inadequate energy-protein intake is a well-known factor causing malnutrition. Moreover, adequate protein intake is considered a factor to mitigate sarcopenia in aging and suggest higher requirements with the older persons.


Further challenging the clinician seeking to define nutritional status and determine the need for nutrition care intervention is the overlapping of some criteria to diagnose wasting conditions proposed in the different consensus guidelines.


Following this presentation, you should be able to:

  • Understand fundamental concepts in the diagnosis of malnutrition.
  • Distinguish between malnutrition and wasting conditions such as sarcopenia.
  • Identify validated nutrition assessment tools and the populations to which they apply.
  • Be knowledgeable about protein requirements in wasting conditions.
  • Have more practical approaches and effective tools available to support those who would benefit from nutritional therapy.

Date of presentation: February 8, 2019, Coast to Coast Webinar Series

Speaker: Manon Laporte MSc RD CNSC is an expert in the area of nutrition screening and malnutrition prevention. She is certified in nutrition support (A.S.P.E.N) and a consultant for the New Brunswick Provincial Drugs & Therapeutics Committee (parenteral nutrition). She addresses issues of malnutrition in hospitalized adult patients at Vitalité Health Network, NB on a daily basis. She has been an active contributor in the research on malnutrition in Canada through her work with the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF). 


  • Two-part video presentation. Part 1 is 1 hour and 30 min and Part 2 is 1 hour and 39 minutes
  • Audio file (mp3) and presentation slides (pdf)

Cost: $19.95 for members; $24.95 for non-members; $14.95 for students

Last Updated: November 4, 2020

Type: Learning on Demand

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