Seniors often have a tough time getting the right nutrition, but we’re here to help. Find out how senior health is different and get some tips on how to reach your optimal health now.
Eating healthy benefits everyone, but it becomes more important for seniors, as they are often faced with greater difficulties. The leading causes of death for adults 65 and over are heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease. In most cases, a healthy lifestyle can prevent these conditions.
Older adults tend to develop a variety of chronic health conditions, many of which are related to poor diet, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging. Seniors are also at a higher risk for conditions or issues related to medicine, bone loss, and more.
Even though lowered activity levels and slowed metabolisms result in older adults needing fewer calories, they still need the same amount of nutrients. Nutrients such as potassium, calcium, vitamins D and B12, and dietary fiber are essential for good health and to build strong bones, especially in older adults. Seniors are most likely to lack these vitamins because their standard diets don’t provide enough nutrients.
Getting the right nutrients as you age can help you:
Studies have shown that poor absorption of vitamin B12 and inadequate dietary fiber increase the chances of heart disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. It can be harder for older adults to absorb certain supplements as well, so be sure to talk to your doctor about what you can do if you have a deficiency.
Are you struggling with your health as a senior? Make sure you know how to read a nutrition label, and speak with your doctor about any concerns you may have.
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