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Healthy Lifestyles for Seniors

Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Seniors

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Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of a healthy life for seniors. Participating in regular exercise and adhering to a healthy diet can have a noticeable impact in general well-being.

Conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression, and some cancers can be prevented or more easily treated in seniors with good diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications.

Important life style modifications other than diet and exercise to promote senior health include:

  • Moderate alcohol use, not more than one drink per day
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sun protection and skin moisturizers
  • Routine dental care with brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits
  • Regular primary care doctor visits and review of medication list, side effects, and drug interactions
  • Involvement in health care decisions and development of advance directives
  • Health care screening, preventive measures, and vaccinations (immunizations)
  • Eye doctor and foot doctor visits for individuals with diabetes
  • Adequate sleep and good sleep hygiene
  • Social activities and vacations
  • Some seniors do well because they still enjoy work or volunteering
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/27/2015

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Americans Aware of Functional Foods, Don't Eat Them Enough

American Diets Have Yet to Catch Up With Increased Awareness of Healthy Eating

By Matt McMillen
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Aug. 4, 2011 -- More Americans say they are aware of the health benefits of functional foods, but there has been no increase over the past five years in the number of people who are eating them on a regular basis, according to a new survey from the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

Functional foods are foods that may provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Examples include fish such as salmon, which are rich in heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids, and whole grains, which help maintain digestive health while potentially lowering the risk of colorectal cancer. Berries, dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, and other colorful fruits and vegetables also are considered functional foods.

Health Concerns and Functional Foods

One thousand randomly selected adults completed the IFIC's online survey during March and April. The survey was designed to measure Americans' knowledge about the health benefits of functional foods, whether or not such foods are part of their diet, and what barriers prevent them from eating them on a regular basis.

SOURCE: Survey: Americans Aware of Functional Foods, Don't Eat Them Enough.

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