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Table 4 Albumin and anthropometric measurements below the normal range in elderly patients receiving a protein-enriched enteral diet for 6 months

From: A specific protein-enriched enteral formula decreases cortisolemia and improves plasma albumin and amino acid concentrations in elderly patients

Percentage of patients 0 mo 3 mo 6 mo P*
Albumin 18.8 6.3 0 0.060
Mid-arm circumference 31.3 23.5 29.4 0.874
Triceps skinfold 37.5 41.2 41.2 0.918
  1. Undernutrition was defined by plasma albumin < 3 g/dL, mid-arm circumference < 25th percentile, and triceps skinfold < 25th percentile by age and sex in the elderly [14].
  2. *Differences among sample times were tested using the chi-square test, considering P < 0.05 to be significant.