Some people say “70 is the new 50,” but, however young you feel, your body and its nutritional needs change with age. As you get older, you need fewer calories, so it’s very important to choose foods that are nutrient dense—packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and other essentials. And,
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If you regularly take a dietary supplement, it’s likely you do so because of manufacturer claims that it will boost your wellbeing—and many people report that they do perceive a health benefit from the supplements they take. But Mount Sinai geriatrician Patricia Bloom, MD, notes that there are no large
Q. I have been told my fatigue and reduced libido may be due to low testosterone levels. My doctor has suggested a testosterone-boosting drug, but aren’t there safety concerns associated with these drugs?
A. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, and the decrease is associated with problems such as diabetes, depression,
Nutrition for Life
If you’ve got your AARP card but you’re still eating the way you did in your 20s, it’s time for your diet to act your age. While most nutritional guidance is “ageless,” you do need to make some adjustments to fit the changing needs of your aging body.
When choosing foods that will benefit both your heart and brain, it pays to think in terms of tradeoffs. Even healthy foods contain calories, and if you eat too many calories, you will gain weight and increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. That’s why nutrition experts advise
With dietary supplement quality being challenged by some state officials, it is critical for consumers to be able to identify sources of high quality supplements that contain the full ingredients claimed on the label.
How Diet Makes a Difference
We all know that eating a healthy diet is important for growing children, and the obesity epidemic and soaring rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases dramatically demonstrate the need to eat right from young adulthood into middle age. But does what you eat
Surveys have shown that a large majority of Americans are confident in the “safety, quality and effectiveness” of products marketed as “dietary supplements” (a term derived from a 1994 law that questionably grouped drug-type herbal and botanical extracts with essential vitamins and minerals). So many were shocked at the recent
The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”
If your doctor advises you to take calcium and vitamin D supplements, you may feel over-whelmed when you walk into the store and see the array of products available: The many brands, bottles, and price points present you with a challenging decision, but you needn’t worry. “A generic drugstore supplement