What You Need to Know about Malnutrition As We Age

Date: August 3rd, 2016

When you visit your health care provider, you can expect the usual barrage of tests and measurements for height, weight, blood pressure, and the like. But have you ever been asked about your food intake or nutritional status? If not, you aren't alone. Malnutrition can be a hidden threat to older adults, with symptoms that include sudden, unintended weight loss and/or loss of appetite and decreased food intake. Many cases of malnutrition go undetected because the signs and symptoms are subtle

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What You Should Know about Supplements

Date: March 9th, 2016

As National Nutrition Month gets into full swing, the emphasis on a healthy diet is stronger than ever. And with good reason: A well-balanced diet has proven health benefits like weight loss or maintenance as well as a reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular events, and other diseases and conditions.   Most people can get the nutrients they need from eating foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. However, as we age, the amount of nutrients we need, and our body’s ability

Alliance Launches New ‘Pocket Film’ Series during National Nutrition Month

Date: March 7th, 2016

The minute we are born, we begin to age. Constant exposure to our environment, the things we eat, and stresses from both inside and outside our bodies all cause us to age over time. While we can’t stop aging, scientists are learning more about how to maintain health throughout our lives. Some aspects of aging are out of our control, but most of us can be healthy and active well into our later years if we take care of ourselves. One of the

The Secrets of Eating for Your Age

Date: July 1st, 2007

Mom’s advice to eat your vegetables and get a well-rounded diet doesn’t get any less relevant as you get older. As you age, eating right continues to play a vital role in whether or not you will enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. However, eating right for your age may mean making some adjustments in your eating habits. The Alliance for Aging Research recently launched a campaign to educate older adults about the importance of maintaining good nutrition with age. The

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A Different Kind of "Food Pyramid" for Better Health

Date: May 1st, 2007

The Dream of the Perfect Food A food that grants youth and immortality is an ancient dream celebrated in myth. The Greek gods ate ambrosia, which conferred grace or immortality. To stay young forever, the Norse gods ate the golden apples of Idun. Now in the 21st century, science tells us that a healthy diet is important to insuring a long and healthy life. But just what makes for a healthy diet? We are inundated by conflicting nutritional advice. Pyramid Power In an effort

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Folic Acid: Boost for Your Brain?

Date: May 1st, 2007

Want to boost your memory and brain power? Eat more strawberries and asparagus. Both are good sources of folic acid, a vitamin that improved memory and cognition in healthy adults 50-70 years old, according to a study reported in the medical journal Lancet (Jan. 20, 2006). Folic acid, called "folate" in its natural form in food, gets its name from the Latin word "folium" for leaf. It's a water-soluble B vitamin best known in the U.S. for preventing birth defects. Researchers in

Road Rage Lookout...Here Comes Diet Rage!

Date: July 1st, 2002

In May of this year, the Alliance For Aging Research conducted our annual survey on Baby Boomers. This year, with the help from Quaker Oats, we focused our attention on Baby Boomer attitudes toward aging and nutrition. We found some really interesting results! The survey, "A New Age of Aging - A Study of Baby Boomer Behaviors on Growing Older," shows that while they express anxiety about aging, America's 75 million Baby Boomers as a group are only taking baby steps to good

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Seniors and Supplements: Risks vs. Rewards

Date: February 1st, 2002

Echinacea, St. John's wort, valerian-these exotic dietary supplements are becoming household names in a society eager to maintain its youthful vigor. Seniors, too, are increasingly turning to supplements as a way to stave off deadly diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease and fight prostate cancer. But before you rush out to buy these modern marvels, consider their downside. "Just because it's labeled as a dietary supplement and a 'natural' product doesn't mean it's safe," says Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg, professor of nutrition at

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What to Take for Hype: The Truth About the Anti-Aging Benefits of Vitamins

Date: May 1st, 2000

When it comes to taking care of our aging bodies, some things are obvious: exercise regularly, reduce fat intake, watch your cholesterol, get plenty of rest, and eat a well-balanced diet. But what exactly is a well-balanced diet? Do some vitamins and minerals really have anti-aging benefits? And if so, which ones should you be taking? Research has indicated that supplementation of some vitamins and minerals above the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances) can reduce the risk of age-related disease. But there

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Can We Live Longer by Eating Fewer Calories?

Date: July 1st, 1999

The jury is still out on whether caloric restriction can prolong human life or prevent age-related diseases, but the results of recent studies with rodents and rhesus monkeys are moving us closer to a verdict. Richard Weindruch, Ph.D., professor of medicine at University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the nation's top caloric restriction researchers, shares some thoughts about this promising area of research. Q: Is caloric restriction a new idea? A: We have known for 60 years that caloric restriction, done without skimping

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One Serving of Youth Please! Or, How Do You Eat Your Way to Healthy Aging?

Date: February 1st, 1999

Did you know you can eat your way to healthy aging? Living Longer and Loving It! recently consulted leading nutritionist Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg to develop a list of foods you can start eating now to put yourself on the road to healthy aging. Below, Dr. Blumberg answers questions you may be asking yourself about how to improve your chances for longevity and health. Dr. Blumberg, your research focuses heavily on antioxidants. What's the connection between them and the aging process? Dietary antioxidants,

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