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It’s no secret that your body changes as you age, but you can help ease the process by treating your body right. Stay well for longer! Use these tips to learn how to combat health conditions that may affect men as they age.
As part of normal aging, the nutrition needs of men will change. Your ability to burn calories slows down as you get older so the amount of food you need to eat will likely decrease, or you may find that your appetite is smaller.
Getting older also means that the amount of vitamins and minerals that you need for good health may be different than when you were younger. Your body may have trouble absorbing certain nutrients from foods, such as calcium, iron and vitamin B12. Ask your doctor or Registered Dietitian for advice, or click here to learn more.
Some of the most common reasons why people get sick, especially as they age, are from smoking cigarettes, getting no exercise and making poor food choices. Luckily, there is time for you to make healthy changes!
The following four health problems often occur in men over the age of 50. For each one, you’ll find ideas for what to do “more of” or “less of” to remain healthy for longer.
1. Heart disease
2. Prostrate cancer
Heart disease is a term for many different conditions that affect the heart and arteries. These may include heart attacks, chest pain and blocked arteries. To help reduce the risk of heart disease, choose:
This is the most common type of cancer in older men. It affects the prostate gland, which is part of the male reproductive system. To help lower your risk of prostate cancer, choose:
Gout is a type of arthritis marked by high levels of uric acid in the blood. It causes joint pain and may increase the risk of kidney stones. To prevent gout, choose:
Fish: anchovies, sardines, herring, trout, salmon
Dried porcini mushrooms.
A disease marked by weak, thinning bones and decreased bone mass. Many people think of it as a “women’s disease”, but it occurs in men too. To help prevent osteoporosis, choose:
Do you see a pattern? To stay healthy you need to make choices based on Canada’s Food Guide. Go for lots of vegetables and fruit, whole grains, low-fat dairy and plenty of high fibre meat alternatives such as beans and lentils.
By making healthy food choices, being physically active and not smoking, you can prevent many chronic diseases and live well for longer. Do you have more questions about healthy aging? Call 1-877-510-510-2 to speak with a dietitian or send an email.
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