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Older adults need a good quality diet

Older adults need a good quality diet
24th November 2011

Older adults looking to improve their health should ensure that they have a good quality diet.

Laura Williams, a diet and fitness expert, stated: "Elderly people should ensure they have plenty of calcium in the form of milk, yoghurt and cheese in order to maintain bone health."

Ms Williams also advised eating red meat to prevent anaemia, which can develop in older age.

In order to keep the digestive system healthy, foods high in fibre, such as vegetables and whole grains, are important.

Older adults looking to enjoy a long life are also advised to eat a Mediterranean diet, following research proving its benefits for metabolic syndrome, waist circumference, HDL-cholesterol levels, triglycerides levels, blood pressure and glucose metabolism.

In a study of over half a million subjects, it was found that the diet is key in preventing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some types of cancer.

The Mediterranean diet is characterised by monounsaturated fatty acids, fruits, vegetables, whole grain, low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry and moderate alcohol.

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