NIH Senior Health Website: Eating Well as You Get Older
How should you eat as you get older? Which foods are likely to keep you healthy and which ones should be limited? Is it possible to eat well and stay within a healthy weight? These are just a few questions that are addressed in "Eating Well as You Get Older".
Akinso: How should you eat as you get older? Which foods are likely to keep you healthy and which ones should be limited? Is it possible to eat well and stay within a healthy weight? These are just a few questions that are addressed in "Eating Well as You Get Older", the latest topic added to the NIH Senior Health website. Dr. Judy Hannah, a Health Science Administrator at the National Institute on Aging, says the new section has valuable information on this important issue.
Hannah: This is a series of short sections for the general public to help them and there families with making decisions for best ways to purchase, prepare, and consume foods.
Akinso: Dr. Hannah provides some incite into why it's not easy for older adults to eat healthy.
Hannah: A lot of times there's somewhat a loss of appetite, loss of interest in preparing foods-especially if the individual is alone-and sometimes mobility, even being able to get to the store and shop. So there are a variety of issues.
Akinso: Dr. Hannah says it's important that this information be used.
Hannah: It doesn't do any good if it's just posted on a website. What you need to do is be able to get these tips out to the general public. Hopefully it will help people with their purchasing and consumption.
Akinso: According to Dr. Hannah, eating a well-planned, balanced mix of healthy foods every day may help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. The NIH Senior Health website was jointly developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine for older adults and their families. If you would like to read up on this topic, visit www.NIHSeniorHealth.gov. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.