A scientific report exploring the role nutrition can play in healthy ageing will debut in Japan next month at IADSA’s dietary supplements regulation workshop in Yokohama.
The report, titled ‘Nutrition, Healthy Ageing and Public Policy’, will be available at the ‘International Perspectives on Dietary Supplement Regulation’ workshop on April 17, organised by the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations’ (IADSA) to address the evolution of dietary supplement regulation.
Researched and written by Professor David Richardson, scientific adviser to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN UK) in cooperation with IADSA’s Scientific Group of leading international scientists, the report explores the factors that influence nutritional status in older people, considers the physical and cognitive changes that can lead to poor health, and discusses the wider use of food supplements. It also highlights a need for more scientific research on the nutritional requirements of older people, and for better tools to assess nutritional status and related tissue and organ functioning.
“Increases in healthcare expenditure will outpace economic growth in many countries, so health professionals and policymakers will need to give greater priority to maximising the quality of life of older people and to ensuring the most cost-efficient methods of nutritional support,” said Professor Richardson. “Healthcare strategies, including the wider use of food supplements, could favourably modify the age-related decline in most organ functions and the development and progression of many chronic diseases.”
The elderly currently make up 10 per cent of the global population – a figure that is expected to double by 2050, placing increasing demands on public health systems and medical and social services. In 2005 the World Health Assembly addressed the issue by adopting a resolution to strengthen and promote active and healthy ageing. According to IADSA’s healthy ageing report, evidence supports the premise that good nutrition, specific nutrients and other food substances can play a major role in maintaining and enhancing physical and mental performance.
Professor Richardson said: “This report could be a key stimulus to the international debate about how health professionals and policymakers can help maximise the span of good health and improve the quality of life for older people, as well as reduce healthcare costs.”
For more information on the Nutrition, Healthy Ageing and Public Policy report contact David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Manager, Regulatory Affairs, 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, tel: +32 (0)2 209 1155, fax: +32 (0)2 223 3064 or email [email protected]. To register for the ‘International Perspectives on Dietary Supplement Regulation’ workshop visit
IADSA is the voice of the worldwide dietary supplement manufacturing industry and an accredited international non-governmental organization (INGO) with a seat at the table of the main international regulatory bodies.
IADSA has more than doubled in size since its creation in 1998, and now represents 57 national trade associations and over 9,500 member companies.
Professor David P Richardson is scientific adviser to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN UK) and a member of the IADSA Scientific Group.