Health Watch — Senior Issues: Diet

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about health issues that affect senior adults. Because bodies change with age, what was good advice for a younger person may no longer be correct for an older person. Bernadette Latson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says people who are older than 85 have specific health needs that call for reassessing the way they eat.

For instance, we know we shouldn’t eat too many eggs for fear of high cholesterol, but for very old people who have trouble chewing, shopping and cooking, eggs may be a good source of protein. They also keep a long time in the refrigerator and are easy to prepare and chew. While obesity is an issue among the general population, the oldest are more likely to be lose weight and muscle mass, so they may need to stop thinking about avoiding weight gain when they plan meals.


May 2007

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