Self-Perception of Economic Means is Associated with Dietary Choices, Diet Quality and Physical Health in the Oldest Old Men from the Highest Socioeconomic Group

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Jyväkorpi , S K , Urtamo , A & Strandberg , T E 2019 , ' Self-Perception of Economic Means is Associated with Dietary Choices, Diet Quality and Physical Health in the Oldest Old Men from the Highest Socioeconomic Group ' , Journal of nutrition, health & aging , vol. 23 , no. 1 , pp. 60-62 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-018-1102-9

Title: Self-Perception of Economic Means is Associated with Dietary Choices, Diet Quality and Physical Health in the Oldest Old Men from the Highest Socioeconomic Group
Author: Jyväkorpi, S. K.; Urtamo, A.; Strandberg, T. E.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care
University of Helsinki, Department of Public Health
University of Helsinki, Timo Strandberg / Principal Investigator
Date: 2019-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 3
Belongs to series: Journal of nutrition, health & aging
ISSN: 1279-7707
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/310204
Abstract: IntroductionSelf-perception of economic means may affect dietary choices, diet quality, and health behavior. We examined these associations in the oldest-old men from the highest socioeconomic class.MethodsThe participants in this cross-sectional analysis were the oldest- old home-dwelling men (n = 314, mean age 87 years, range 82-97 years) from the longitudinal Helsinki Businessmen Study cohort. They responded to a postal health and nutrition questionnaire, whereupon dietary intakes were assessed using 3-day food diaries and two diet quality indices. The questionnaire also included items about health, exercise, falls, and economic means.ResultsHigher self-perception of economic means was linearly associated with higher fish intake (p = 0.021), fruit and vegetable intakes (p = 0.027), use of alcohol (p = 0.003), overall diet quality according to IDQ (p = 0.008), self-perceived physical condition (p = 0.002) and inversely associated with body weight (p = 0.011), weight loss (p = 0.008), blood glucose levels (p = 0.020), and falls (p = 0.029).ConclusionSelf-perception of economic means was associated with dietary choices and physical health even among affluent older men. This information is important, because self-perception of economic means, however real, may affect health and nutrition behavior of older people.
Subject: Self-perception of economic mean
fruits and vegetables intake
diet quality
body weight
oldest old men
nutrition
3143 Nutrition
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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