The risk of micronutrient deficiencies in old age
Since older people often do not process food well, old age may be considered a risk factor for inadequate micronutrient uptake. In the course of the natural aging process, several bodily functions deteriorate. An insufficient supply of micronutrients to the organism can accelerate the natural aging process and aggravate the decline of cell renewal processes, immune defense, eyesight and hearing, and cognitive performance. Further, the presence of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer can increase micronutrient requirements. It is therefore all the more necessary to ensure that older people receive an optimal supply of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids. However, many older people are a long way from consuming the recommended daily amounts, even in highly developed industrial nations.
Consider dietary guidelines sufficiently micronutrient deficiencies?
Dietary guidelines encourage people to eat a healthful diet – one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. Although the majority of Americans are not meeting the requirements for a number of essential nutrients, the focus of the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on a healthy diet is causing a significant problem, scientists say. The committee is overlooking this problem because they are preaching this ideal of a healthy diet.
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