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Thursday, 22 March 2018
It’s not new news that men, in general, tend not to pay as much attention to their health as women.
Data from the International Food Council Foundation suggests that while a majority of men are aware that changes to their diet could benefit their overall health, fewer than half actually follow through with those changes.*1
Men over 70, for example, need more vitamin D than middle-aged men, and according to a recent study, 72 percent of them don’t get it.*2
Men of all ages have deficits in nearly every nutritional category. According to the Men’s Health Forum men in Ireland die, on average, nearly 6 years younger than women do, and have higher death rates at all ages, and for all leading causes of death.*3
According to the Irish Times, men are more likely to be overweight or obese than women, and obese men are five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Poor diet and bad health practices in general, lead to men having a higher risk of disease and ill health in later years. Vitamins and minerals, when taken regularly and as part of a healthy lifestyle, can help towards boosting men’s health and wellbeing.
Here’s some helpful tips on vitamins that are useful to take regularly:
· Vitamin D becomes more important as men age, because it's needed to absorb calcium and helps prevent weak muscles and bones.
· Recent research suggests that vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk for colon cancer, and one study found that men with low levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to have a heart attack as men with normal levels.*4
Vitamin B12 for a Healthy Nervous System
· Older men, in particular, may have an increased need for this B vitamin, which boosts brain health.
· B12 may be included in your daily multivitamin or can be taken alone. See our article on B Complex to find out the full benefits.
Vitamin C for Healthy Aging
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that serves a protective role in the body by neutralizing free radicals that want to attack healthy cells. High intake of vitamin-C foods can help slow signs of aging. It is an essential building block for good nutrition.
· Not enough vitamin C can result in anemia and scurvy. Scurvy is still seen in some malnourished older adults.
· The recommended daily amount of vitamin C for men is 90 milligrams (mg) a day.
· Too much vitamin C is not harmful, because the body can't store it, but it can result in an upset stomach.
· Taking a multivitamin and eating your fruits and vegetables is all you need to do to be sure you get enough of this nutrient.
Some medical conditions may require special dietary supplements, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist about specific nutrition needs.
*1, 2, Everyday Health, Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH
*3, Men’s Health Forum Ireland, Status of Men’s Health in Ireland report
*4, What Is Colorectal Cancer? American Cancer Society