A Descriptive Study of the Nutritional and Frailty Status of Working and Retired Employees within an Academic Community in the Philippines

  • Teri-Marie P. Laude Department of Human and Family Development Studies, College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Eleanor E. Merca Los Baños 2 Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Renato V. Torres Department of Human and Family Development Studies, College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Godfrey Josef R. Torres Department of Human and Family Development Studies, College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • Shelley Ann F. de la Vega College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila
  • Angely P. Garcia Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila
  • Sarah Jane S. Fabito Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila
Keywords: aged, Filipinos, academic, nutrition, frailty, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Abstract

Objectives. This study aims to describe the sociodemographic and clinical profile of working and retired staff and faculty age 55 years and older in an academic community living in Laguna, Philippines; to determine the proportion of participants with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM); and to describe the nutritional and frailty status of working and retired participants with T2DM.

Methods. The study utilized a cross-sectional study design. The participants are current employees and retired faculty and staff of an academic community living in Bay and Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Stratified random sampling according to working status and gender was utilized. Participants with T2DM were determined and assessed based on their nutritional and frailty status using the comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA), laboratory analysis, and mini nutritional assessment (MNA). Descriptive statistics were calculated for all continuous and categorical variables measured.

Results. A total of 109 participants agreed to participate and completed the CGA, with 93.6% undergone blood extraction for laboratory analysis. The mean age of the participants was 63.7 (±5.8) and 57.8% belonged to the young-old subgroup. There were more working (60.6%) than the retired (39.4%) and more females (61.5%) than males (38.5%). There was a low level of malnutrition (0.9%) in this cohort. However, many had abdominal obesity and elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Low vitamin D was prevalent. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus was present among 14.7% of participants of which 93.8% were pre-frail and 6.3% were at risk for malnutrition.

Conclusion. Although malnutrition and frailty were not prevalent among those with T2DM in this cohort, more participants were pre-frail and at risk for malnutrition. There are many opportunities to reduce the risk of malnutrition and frailty in the community. Early screening and interventions are recommended to improve the health and wellbeing of the working and retired participants.

Published
2021-10-25
Section
Articles