Health and wellness have become a huge focus for many young people throughout the world, but there is one group of people whose needs aren’t being recognised. For the ageing population, both malnutrition and over-nutrition are key areas of concern. This is largely due to the fact that as we grow older and our bodies change, it’s often harder to change or acknowledge the need for change.
Today we look at why health is a major concern for the ageing population and how it can be improved with a few simple lifestyle changes.
Over-nutrition is a term used to describe the frequent overconsumption of food where it affects health and becomes dangerous and compounding health problems. Generally, people are over-nourished on fats and carbohydrates.
Malnutrition refers to the chronic depletion or undereating of particular food and nutrients. This can have a detrimental effect on health due to the low availability of food and its role in propagating disease. People that are malnourished can also be a result of problems associated with the absorption of food in the gut.
Chronic illness and changes in body compositions contribute largely to the decline in health that many ageing people experience. Changes in muscle tone, function and gastric juices all contribute to the way food is absorbed and utilised in the body. If we don’t adapt our diet and lifestyle to accommodate for these changes, our bodies might not absorb the necessary nutrients it needs to thrive.
This is why it’s important for ageing people to seek professional nutritional advice, ensuring they stay on track and continue to thrive in their ‘golden years’. An experienced dietitian will be able to formulate a personalised plan that allows ageing people to eat and live in a way that works for their bodies and needs.
With all this in mind, however, there are a few things we can do as we age to ensure we feel our best.
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