Aim: Prognostic nutritional index (PNI) is simply calculated as (serum albumine X 10)+( 0.0075 X lymphocyte /mm3)) and has used for determining patientss nutritional status as well as long term survival. Subjects with higher PNI ( >45) have longer survival. Turkish immigrants make up an increasingly important segment of European labour markets particularly in Germany. Older Turkish migrant workers who came to the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1960s and 1970s have been reached a better life compared to naive Turkish citizens. However, there is lack of study involving very elderly retired Turkish workers who had Germany insurance yet.
Methods: During January 2019 and October 2019, we retrospectively studied very elderly Turkish subjects (114 subjects; 52% of them were female; the mean age was 87.3 ± 2.61 years) with Germany insurance and compared to very elderly Turkish citizens (446 subjects; 65% of them were female; the mean age was 87.8 ± 2.77 years) with Turkish public insurance.
Results: There was no statistically significant difference between groups in terms of gender and age ( all p>0.05). While Germany retired group had the mean PNI was 52.1; In Turkey retired group the mean PNI was 51.9. There was no difference between groups in terms of PNI (p>0.05).
In this Turkish observational retrospective study showed that, being retired from German factories was not associated with a better prognostic nutritional scores compared to those without. It could be related to properly feeding for elderly as a Turkish tradition.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Elderly,German insurance, Nutrition