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Balanced Diet and Immune Resistance In The Elderly Living Period
Introduction: A healthy and balanced diet is an important factor in a healthy lifestyle for all age groups. Dietary intake, nutrition habits and nutritional status are associated with the development of chronic non-communicable diseases as well as the body's immune resistance. The purpose of the paper is to review and compare existing research on the importance and impact of proper nutrition on the immune resistance of the elderly. Methods: The article presents an systematic overview and comparison of scientific and professional literature using the EBSCOhost, PubMed, Web of Science and COBISS databases. We searched the articles with the following keywords: elderly, active ageing, nutritional needs, healthy nutrition of the elderly, immune resistance. The overview will be shown in the corresponding table. Findings: The findings show the importance of adequate dietary intake and nutritional status to immune resistance in the elderly and consequently to a higher quality of life in the elderly. Discussion and conclusion: Older people with an appropriate diet and sufficient intake of macro- and micro-nutrients affect the body's immune resistance and the absence or alleviation of disease and thus affect the quality of life in late life.