Simple Steps To Eating Healthy In Your 70s

Simple Steps To Eating Healthy In Your 70s
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While the way you eat is important at any age, it’s especially critical in your 70s. Good nutrition is key to maintaining your health as you get older. Proper nutrition can also help prevent age-related health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, bone loss, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

  • Aging and appetite. As you age, your appetite may decrease. This can be because of changes in your sense of taste or smell, medications you’re taking or depression. Other factors include mouth pain from dentures or a dry mouth, difficulty chewing or swallowing and even boredom with food.
  • If these barriers make it hard for you to eat well, talk with your doctor about ways to overcome them and get enough nutrients from the foods you do eat. Make sure you drink plenty of water too as dehydration can also diminish appetite.
  • Keep an eye on salt. The older we get, the more sodium we need to reduce our risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. That’s because our kidneys aren’t able to excrete sodium as efficiently as they used to. Try to limit salt in your diet
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. In addition to supplying vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables provide fiber — a nutrient that helps prevent constipation, lowers cholesterol levels, and keeps blood sugar steady — all of which become more important for seniors as we age.
  • As a senior, it’s especially important to get enough protein, fiber and healthy fats, not just because they help you feel full longer but also because they provide essential nutrients and vitamins.
  • Eat a variety of foods from all food groups. This includes plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes (beans), non-tropical vegetable oils, and unsalted seeds and nuts.

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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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