Senior Awareness Days, held in August, focuses on the importance of leading a healthy diet during this phase of life.
The World Health Organization explains that after age 60 there is a greater risk of contracting non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. A proper diet, however, can help manage, slow and even prevent these conditions. Some tips to consider include:
- Eating fish, beneficial due to its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which protect the heart.
- Eating fruits and vegetables, which are important for their high fiber content.
- Avoiding foods that are high in fat, sodium and sugar. Read also: Is there such thing as good fat?
- Including only moderate levels of complex carbohydrates, which provide energy, such as flours, rice, grains and tubers.
For the healthy functioning of the body, it is especially important for seniors to drink water and eat foods that are rich in protein, calcium, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, carbohydrates, potassium and olive, canola and vegetable-based oils.