Understanding the Benefits of Proper Nutrition for Seniors

Proper nutrition is the cornerstone of good health at all stages in life, but it becomes especially important during the senior years. A well-balanced diet is important in lowering the risk of age-related health problems and helping to make existing health problems, including Alzheimer’s, more manageable. Consider these benefits of balanced nutrition for seniors:

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Reduced Cancer Risk
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, eating a healthy diet, combined with regular exercise, can help reduce the risk for cancer. It is never too late to make a move towards healthy eating. Aim to eat an abundance of plant foods and reduce your reliance on red and processed meat for the best results.

Reduced Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Weight control is one of the side effects of healthy eating, and that has a big impact on your risk of type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes is strongly correlated with being overweight. Up to 85% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed through healthy eating. If you have already been diagnosed, eating well will keep your blood sugar levels in check and prevent or delay the need for insulin therapy.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
One-third of Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, and nearly 50% of that group is made up of people over 60. A healthy eating regime helps to dramatically lower your risk. Sticking to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps to keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check, lessening the chances of heart attacks and strokes.

At Avalon Residential Care Homes, we understand the importance of good nutrition for seniors. Our assisted living locations offer three healthy meals per day as well as  snacks and hydrations throughout the day. We can also make accommodations for special dietary needs. Our staff focuses on helping residents suffering from dementia get the support and care they need. Find out what services our Avalon locations offer by calling (214) 752-7050.