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What role does diet play in preventing health issues in seniors?

Written By Samarth Staff | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Anup Bagchi, MBBS, Geriatric specialist

Eating healthy food is really important for older adults because it helps keep them strong and healthy. Here’s how:

Helps Fight Sickness: Eating foods with lots of vitamins and minerals helps keep the body’s defenses strong, so it can fight off illnesses and infections.

Keeps Weight in Check: Eating the right amount of food helps older adults stay at a healthy weight. Being at a healthy weight lowers the chance of getting diseases like heart problems and diabetes.

Manages Health Problems: Some foods can help control health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes. For example, eating less salt and more fruits and vegetables can help with blood pressure, and eating foods high in fiber can help control blood sugar levels.

Keeps the Brain Sharp: Some foods, like fish and nuts, are good for the brain. They can help keep memory sharp and reduce the risk of forgetting things as people get older.

It’s important for older adults to eat a variety of healthy foods every day. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Drinking plenty of water is also important. If older adults need help with their diet, they can talk to a doctor or a dietitian who can give them advice on what to eat to stay healthy.

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