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Wednesday, 11 April 2018
The prospect of getting old is never appealing but some of the downsides, such as frailty, can be addressed and prevented through diet and exercise.
At a recent talk, Dr. Max Gowland, nutritional expert, highlighted the need for strong musculoskeletal health to prevent frailty in more senior years.
Being active on a regular basis severely reduces the risk of frailty in later years, along with a balanced, healthy diet. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to cause frailty in older people.
Overall, elderly people tend is be extremely lacking in lots of the major nutrient groups, thus leading to fatigue and in turn, frailty.
According to research, some vitamins elderly people are severely lacking in include; B Complex, vitamin C, D and E, copper and magnesium and calcium.
Deficiency levels in these nutrients ranged from 30-95% in elderly people. Absorption levels in the over 50’s is also very low resulting in an even further drop in nutrient intake.
A huge contributing factor to frailty is a muscle disorder called sarcopenia which results in the loss of muscle mass. A nutrient rich diet including high levels of protein is crucial in staving off this disorder. This along with staying active is essential in maintaining a healthy body in to later life.
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