Senior Nutrition : Harvard informs seniors about special nutrition needs

BOSTON , MA- As people age, their metabolism changes and they begin to burn fewer calories. In older folks, the body seems to sense a decreased need for calories and subsequently people tend to lose interest in food. Not having companionship during mealtime, little mobility to go grocery shopping, dental problems that interfere with chewing, and medications may also lead to disinterest in food. The June issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch reports on these changes, the special nutritional requirements of seniors, and how special planning can help meet these needs.

The following are some suggestions from the Harvard Men's Health Watch, geared toward older men, about how to maintain healthy eating habits as they age:

Additional topics in the article include proper carbohydrate, water, protein, and mineral intake for seniors. The article outlines a balanced and varied diet that "makes it surprisingly easy to eat well."

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