Saturday, January 19, 2008

Diet
While aging is inevitable, many of the degenerative changes that prevail past middle age are not if preventive steps are taken. Recent medical research confirms that good nutrition can prevent or at least slow, such debilitating conditions as osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease. In fact one report estimates as osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease.
In fact, one report estimates that one-third to one-half of the health problems of people over the age of 65 are related to diet.
Many older people experience difficulty chewing; in addition heartburn, constipation, lactose intolerance and other digestive problems increase with age and contribute to poor nutrition. Stomach acidity also declines, with age impairing absorption of nutrients.
The loss of a partner or difficulty in shopping or preparing meals, may result in a person subsisting on tea, toast, sweets canned soups and other convenience foods that provide little nutrition. Also a number of older people living on a fixed income usually cannot afford such nutritious foods as fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meat.

Drink lots of water every day consume six to eight glasses each day. Water is an essential nutrient just like vitamins and minerals because your body cannot make enough of it to meet your daily requirements. It helps regulate body temperature, transports nutrients to your body’s cells and helps remove waste. Because sensitivity to thirst diminishes with age, older adults are susceptible to dehydration, which age, older adults are susceptible to dehydration, which can cause confusion, fatigue, headache and more…

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