Anti aging experts continue to agree that the prescription for mid-to-late life optimum health should include the following:
Anti aging and a healthy diet:
For optimum health and ultimately the anti aging effect, you absolutely must have a diet rich in vegetables and fruits. This anti aging diet is believed to cut the risk of colorectal cancer in half, substantially reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes, decreases common gastrointestinal problems such as diverticulosis (protrusions in the inner lining of the intestine) as well as constipation. Just the process of switching from a high fat to low-fat diet will frequently reduce total cholesterol by a significant degree, with many experts predicting reductions by about 10 mg/dl. It is also believed to reduce high blood pressure by a significant degree.
A good diet can theoretically provide all the vitamins and minerals that you need, but many experts believe that we may still come up a little short in our diets. When people get into their 60’s and older it is believed that even with a good diet that they may still be deficient in vitamins B6 and B12, folic acid, vitamin D, and calcium. A good multivitamin can usually fill in these nutritional gaps. Many experts say that older adults and especially women, should probably still take a calcium supplement. When combined with the proper diet, a 500 mg supplement may be sufficient to meet the daily need (1500 mg) and improve your anti aging efforts.
Achieve and maintain healthy weight goals:
Healthy aging requires maintaining the complications of excessive weight, which includes Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea (intermittent cessation of breathing during sleep) are second only to smoking as preventable causes of death.
Many experts use body mass index (BMI) as a criterion for maintaining a healthy weight. It is estimated currently that about 61% of American adults are either overweight or obese. One survey found that at any given moment about 43% of women and about 20% of men are attempting to lose weight. However, despite all their investment in time and money in trying to lose weight, excessive weight remains a problem for millions of individuals.
If you’re one of these individuals who is trying to lose weight and finds it incredibly difficult to do so, don’t despair. Even if you lose a few pounds you can have a significant effect on your general health and contribute to your anti aging efforts. Many of these lifestyle measures when properly implemented can be highly effective, and if you fail, there are medications or even surgery which may be an option for individuals who are severely overweight.
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Some Information from The Johns Hopkins Medical Guide to Health After 50
Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic Ph.D Licensed Psychologist (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)