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Why is fiber good for the elderly? 

Aging healthily or declining steadily can be the result of poor dietary choices. Therefore, it’s especially important for seniors to eat a diet rich in calcium, protein, iron, fiber, and other important vitamins. 

As we get older and our digestive systems begin to slow down, diets high in fiber can be very beneficial. Among the impacts of aging is a decrease in the frequency with which the gastrointestinal tract’s walls contract. Due to this, you may experience constipation and perhaps fecal entrapment or incontinence. Dietitians are here at Doral Health Connect to accommodate your individual needs and preferences for a healthy diet.  

Fiber is an indigestible food component that your body cannot use like lipids, carbs, and proteins. Foods high in both soluble and insoluble fiber include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. This plant-based nutrient, technically classified as a carbohydrate, can aid in the management of blood sugar, cholesterol, and body weight in the elderly.  

Advantages 

Decreased risk of constipation 

Age-related variations in the gastrointestinal system are a major cause of constipation in the elderly. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing constipation because several prescription drugs, including opioids, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants, can exacerbate the problem. Constipation is a common complaint among the elderly, and laxatives are a common solution. However, long-term use of laxatives has been linked to issues such as vitamin deficiencies, metabolic diseases, and even serious harm to the digestive tract. 

Constipation can be alleviated with a high-fiber diet, in addition to a workout and a lot of water intake daily. If you’re already having trouble passing stool, a diet high in fiber with no adequate water could make it much worse. You need this type of fiber to maintain healthy bowel function. Both soluble and insoluble fiber contribute to the bulkiness of stools, although it is the latter that aids in the rapid movement of food through the digestive system. 

Controls glucose levels in the blood 

Half of all people over 65 have borderline diabetes and are at a high chance of acquiring type 2 diabetes, while the ADA estimates that 26% of all Americans are diabetic. To put it another way, soluble fiber delays the digestion process, which in turn delays the release of glucose into the bloodstream. Therefore, a diabetic diet should include high-fiber foods like whole grains and legumes to help regulate glucose and reduce the chance of diabetes. 

Reduces LDL (Low-Density Lipoproteins) cholesterol 

Greater low-density lipoprotein cholesterol has been linked to decreased death rates, contrary to the conventional wisdom that higher cholesterol levels are connected with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Soluble fiber, however, may aid in reducing the levels of total cholesterol in the blood by attaching to fats and acid in the bile of the colon and causing the body to excrete the cholesterol. Age-related increases in the likelihood of serious cholesterol make it especially important for the diet of the elderly to include enough foods high in fiber. 

Encourages a healthy weight 

From 2007-2010, more than one-third of persons aged 65 and up were overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Eating low-calorie, high-fiber foods can aid seniors in their weight loss journey because they tend to be more full than low-fiber foods. It has been shown that consuming 30 grams of fiber daily can contribute to reducing weight. 

You can get assistance from Doral Health and Wellness, which is situated at 1950 Fulton Street  New York, New York 11233. For further information, please contact us at info@doralhw.org or by calling +1-718-9200-9200You can also log onto https://housecallshc.org/ for more information. If you are interested in a balanced diet and want to learn more about how to achieve one, simply give us a call at  +1-718-9200-9200 to set up an appointment and get started leading a life that is more in tune with your body and mind. 

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