Health Tip: What Seniors Eat

-- Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any age, a requirement that doesn't change as you get older.

Here are some dietary guidelines for older people, courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic:

  • Seniors should get 1- to 1.2-grams of protein each day per kilogram of their weight. For instance, a 150-pound person (70 kg) should get 70 to 100 grams of protein daily. Those with chronic kidney disease should ask their doctor about how much protein is safe.
  • Seniors need 1,000 milligrams of calcium each day, and 1,000 units of vitamin D daily.
  • Seniors should take special care to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Seniors should take a multivitamin if their diet isn't balanced, they've been sick, or are losing weight. Vitamins don't include protein, however.

Posted: January 2009


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