Life expectancy was 48 years for women and 45 years for men and has risen to 82 and 77 years, respectively. The reasons are both medical progress, better nutrition, and better general education.

“You are as old as you feel!”

A true saying, because there are people who are still fit at over 80 and take care of themselves.

Healthy Aging with Nutrition

However, the tendency is that the “old old” often suffer from malnutrition, with the result of increasing weakness, frequent falls, susceptibility to infections, and poor wound healing. “Young old people” are rather over- and malnourished. The consequences can be overweight, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, and intestinal diseases.

The same nutritional recommendations apply to all “young at heart” seniors as to younger adults. Only a few possibly increasing intolerances can be countered with a light whole diet.

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