Are you 65 years and older or do you have family members in this age group? If you said yes to either one of those questions, the following information may be beneficial to you and/or your loved ones. As we get older there are many physiological changes that occur in our bodies. Our ability to swallow is one that tends to decrease with advanced age. The difficulty to adequately swallow is also known as dysphagia. Continue reading
Dehydration is a form of malnutrition that can be over looked. Many older adults do not meet their daily fluid requirements. There are many physiologic changes related to aging that increase your risk of dehydration. These include dysphagia, decreased kidney function, decreased thirst sensation, changes in mental status, and decreased mobility. Some older adults also fear incontinence or desire to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom due to pain. Medications can also contribute to dehydration. Most common are those used to treat hypertension, as they often work as a diuretic causing increased fluid loss. Dehydration can lead to constipation, electrolyte imbalances, kidney damage, and in some cases even death. Continue reading
Multivitamin/mineral supplements and dietary supplements continue to grow in popularity. More than half of adults report taking a dietary supplement and over 1/3 reported taking a multivitamin in a 2011 National Centers for Health Statistic brief. In 2007, sales of dietary supplements reached more than $23 Billion. With this growth in sales, the number of products available on store shelves is also growing. Dietary supplements are frequently advertised on television, radio and in magazines. For many older adults, it can be confusing to understand which vitamins might be right for them. Continue reading
Did you know that your body actually needs more calcium and Vitamin D as you age? That means many people have to work harder to get enough of these important nutrients in their diets. What’s the risk of getting too little? Inadequate levels have been linked to everything from high blood pressure to brittle bones. For those who are aging and/or having trouble swallowing, getting more dietary calcium and Vitamin D can be made easier with fortified products such as THICK & EASY® pre-thickened dairy and MED PASS® nutritional shakes. Continue reading
Caring for your aging relatives and for your own children are, individually, full-time commitments. When you suddenly have to do both, the stress often ramps up to a new level. If this sounds like your household, you may be among the estimated 44.4 million Americans, ages 40-65, labeled the “Sandwich Generation”. Hormel Health Labs has ways to make your tight schedule a little more manageable; at least when it comes to nutrition. Continue reading
Malnutrition is a very prevalent condition resulting from an incomplete diet. There are several indicators of malnutrition including weight loss and declined protein status. General malnutrition often develops slowly, over months or years. As the stores of nutrients in the body are depleted, changes begin to happen at the cellular level and biochemical processes are affected. Protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals are necessary components of every diet. When a diet is incomplete in any category, malnutrition can occur. Symptoms vary with the specific malnutrition-related disorder. Early symptoms include fatigue, irritability and lethargy. As protein deprivation continues, growth failure, loss of muscle mass, generalized swelling (edema) and decreased immunity occur. Continue reading
A healthy appetite and good nutrition are the important first steps to improving nutritional intake and preventing malnutrition.
Here are some tips to remember:
- If filling up quickly is a problem, eat 5 or 6 smalls meals a day
- Meals should be consumed in a pleasant environment and include family and friends
- Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Get 20-35 grams of fiber every day
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Increase your physical activity
Following these recommendations can sometimes be a challenge for persons with adverse health conditions. HormelHealth Labs offers solutions to help you meet your nutritional care plan.
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