Hello My Friends
Welcome to The Vitality Project.
Today, I am going to focus upon some new research news regarding the role which nutrition can potentially play in the process of aging.
Of course, this is a topic I continually write about because there continues to be a plethora of evidence available indicating that your diet has an instrumental role to play in human aging.
New research recently published in the journal Advances in Nutrition very clearly has illustrated the premise that improved attention to human dietary concerns including the inclusion of nutritional services into the health care system will significantly reduce the associated health care costs incurred by our aging population.
It has been estimated that in the US alone, the number of people living to 80 years of age will increase exponentially from the current levels to a number three times this amount to 392 million by 2050!
The new findings indicate that advancing age will bring with it the associated risks of chronic disease, frailty and malnutrition. The need for more research which evaluates the nutritional requirements in the older population is really tantamount to quelling the advancement of chronic diseases in older folks.
For example, there really needs to be a much greater understanding of the role nutrition has upon the aging skeleton, muscles, aging nutrient requirements, drug-nutrient reactions and nutrient absorption in this age group.
According to the study authors:
“However, nutrition recommendations are usually based on that of a typical healthy adult, and fail to consider the effect of aging on muscle mass, weight loss, and nutrient absorption and utilization.”
There has to be a greater attempt to understand the relationship between the role nutrition has in the physiology, well-being and quality of life in older adults whom to continue to populate our communities.
It’s not at all about health care costs, the issue here is to keep everyone as healthy as possible well into their elder years so that these folks can continue to enjoy their golden years with improved levels of quality of life and well-being.
There is no doubt that the same principles behind the models of care exemplified by private health services available for those who can afford them (such as The Vitality Project) need to be standardized into the health care system so everyone can equally benefit from them!
I would love to see this happen!
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin
The Vitality Project