Seniors Health

Seniors Health

 As we get older, we become increasingly susceptible to health problems. Many of the conditions that we commonly associate with ageing can be relieved or prevented through a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Symptoms

Causes

  • Many of the conditions of ageing are associated with Free Radical Damage to the affected tissues. These include cardiovascular disease, Circulatory Problems, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, and vision problems
  • Hormonal changes contribute to Osteoporosis and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
  • Nutritional factors may play a role in some cases, because as we get older, our nutritional requirements change, and so do our dietary habits and our ability to absorb the nutrients in our food; this is a contributing factor to anaemia and some other health problems
  • Dietary and lifestyle factors throughout the course of life have a significant impact on health in the senior years. For example, calcium intake and vitamin D levels throughout life influence the risk of Osteoporosis; smoking at any age has consequences for your respiratory health; and weight problems increase your risk of developing Osteoarthirits
  • In addition, taking increased numbers of medications as you get older may predispose you to adverse effects or interactions from your medicines, and may exacerbate any nutritional deficits that are present

Nutritional & Herbal Solutions

  • To safeguard against nutritional deficiency, take an advanced multivitamin that's specially designed to support senior nutrition. Important ingredients include antioxidants, calcium, zinc, selenium, vitamin D3 and lecithin
  • Take extra calcium to reduce your risk of developing Osteoporosis. Choose a formula that provides around 900 mg of calcium per day (preferably in three doses of 300 mg), along with co-factors such as vitamin D3, magnesium, manganese and boron to support the absorption of calcium and its uptake into the skeleton
  • Taking glucosamine and chondroitin may be beneficial for musculoskeletal health, helping to relieve the pain, inflammation and other symptoms of Osteoarthirits; these ingredients are sometimes accompanied by fish oil and/or boron for extra nutritional support
  • Taking omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil or salmon oil helps maintain the health of the heart, blood vessels, and joints. It also helps maintain healthy blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Be sure to choose a formula that is tested for purity so that you're not consuming excessive quantities of PCBs, mercury or lead
  • Co-enzyme Q10 helps maintain healthy functioning of the heart muscle, inhibits the oxidation of Cholesterol, and supports healthy blood pressure; it also plays a vital role in the cellular production of energy, and taking a supplement may assist in the temporary relief of Fatigue. Look for a supplement supplying 150 mg per day
  • Phytosterols (also known as plant sterols) have been clinically proven to help maintain healthy Cholesterol levels when used in combination with a low-cholesterol diet and regular exercise. They work by helping to reduce the body's absorption of Cholesterol
  • Resveratrol is an antioxidant compound that is believed to be responsible for the cardiovascular protective effects of drinking a moderate quantity of red wine. Amongst other actions, resveratrol appears to help prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), help maintain the tone of the blood vessels, inhibit clot formation, and protect Cholesterol molecules from Free Radical Damage
  • Taking a broad-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement works with your body's own gastric secretions to enhance your digestion of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and cellulose, and consequently may help optimise the absorption of nutrients from your diet
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency becomes more common as we get older. Since vitamin B12 can be difficult to absorb through the digestive tract, look for a high potency supplement (1 mg per tablet) that dissolves in the mouth, where it can be absorbed directly into the blood vessels

Diet & Lifestyle advice

  • Regular health checks are recommended as you get older; talk to your doctor for more information
  • Adopting an antioxidant-rich Mediterranean-style diet, rich in olive oil, vegetables, legumes, seafood and fruit, and including small to moderate quantities of red wine is an enjoyable way to help maintain health as you get older
  • Avoid the consumption of trans fats whenever possible by eliminating takeaway and processed foods from your diet. Choose unrefined polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, from fish, nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil and avocados
  • Decrease or limit your consumption of Cholesterol and saturated fats from offal, meat and dairy products, instead choosing lean cuts of meat, skim milk, and reduced-fat cheeses and yoghurts
  • Eating plenty of high-fibre low glycaemic index (GI) foods helps to maintain bowel function, healthy Cholesterol levels and blood sugar balance; good sources include psyllium, oats, barley and fibre from legumes and pulses. Avoid high GI carbohydrates such as sugars, wheat products (e.g. bread), and potatoes, which are metabolised quickly, leading to blood sugar fluctuations
  • Exercise both your body and your brain every day. A brisk 30-minute walk or other form of moderate activity helps maintain cardiovascular and mental health and also helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Weight-bearing exercise is particularly important for musculoskeletal health may help to maintain bone density. Similarly, performing mental puzzles or engaging in stimulating conversation on a daily basis can help to maintain memory and cognitive function
  • Don't smoke

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Information provided is of a general nature and should not replace that of your healthcare professional.

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