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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Eat Healthy to Stay Young

A person's body composition changes with age, as muscle mass decreases, often due to disease, and fatty tissue increases. Because metabolism slows down, fewer calories are required; experts estimate that the average person should consume 10% fewer calories for every decade after the age of 50. People who fail to cut back on food intake are likely to gain weight, increasing the risk to heart disease, diabetes and osteoarthritis.

With increasing age, the body is less efficient in absorbing and using some nutrients.

What you need if you are aging?Consequently, an older person is likely to need extra amounts of the following essential nutrients:
  • Calcium to prevent osteoporosis and healthy bones.
  • Vitamin D, which the body needs in order to absorb the calcium.
  • Vitamin B12 to build red blood cells and maintain healthy nerves.
  • Zinc to help compensate for lowered immunity due to aging. 
  • Potassium, especially in the presence of high blood pressure or the use of diuretic drugs.
  • Folic acid, a B vitamin, which the body uses to make DNA and red blood cells, may also help to lower blood levels of homocysteine, a compound in the blood that has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
  • Fiber to prevent constipation.

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