Experts agree that the risk for malnutrition is high among specific groups of elders, especially those with inadequate income to purchase food, those who are isolated, and those who suffer from illnesses, disease and other conditions affecting independence. Untreated malnutrition often leads to considerable dysfunction and disability, reduced quality of life, and in some instances, premature or increased disease and death. Malnourished patients were found readmitted to the hospital earlier and more frequently. Yet poor nutritional status and malnutrition due to inadequate dietary intake can often be reversed.