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If you're in the expanding group of people who once again get a discount based on your age, welcome to the senior's health page. If you're no longer asked for your ID, ever, when buying liquor, welcome to the senior's health page. If you just feel like you've earned some seniority, welcome to the senior's health page.
You may lead an extremely healthy lifestyle, but you may also need some "tweaking" as my wife calls it. In either case, most health professionals recommend a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement and that everyone drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet.
Some health issues that seniors may be considering include:
"Start by suggesting that people older than 40 take 400-800 IU of vitamin E per day, up to 4,000 mg/day vitamin C, 50-100 mg/day CoQ10, and if they have trouble sleeping, 100 mg melatonin at bed-time. It is also a good time to incorporate mixed Bioflavonoids (1-2g daily), specifically quercetin for the heart, liver and stomach and proanthocyanidins for the brain, kidneys, eyes and blood vessels."25
By the year 2010, one in five people in the United States will be age 65 or over. Increasing research effort is being directed into ways of helping seniors stay healthy, independent and mobile. Lifestyle and environmental factors play a part in some of the most common age-related illnesses including heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, high blood pressure and chronic infection; which means that people have at least partial control over how well they age.
Seniors diets are often deficient in several nutrients including vitamins A, C, D, E, B12, thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. These deficiencies may be due to lower dietary intake, decreased absorption, altered metabolism or increased excretion. Deficiencies often develop slowly and may mimic the normal changes of aging, so they are not obvious or easily noticeable. Seniors are particularly at risk of marginal vitamin and mineral deficiencies and early recognition of malnutrition is very important in preventing diseases, maintaining a healthy immune system and increasing lifespan.
Creams that contain the vitamin A-derivative, tretinoin, may help to combat premature skin aging, otherwise known as wrinkles. In a 1997 study, researchers investigated the activity of enzymes known as metalloproteinases which break down collagen, and found that exposure to ultraviolet light increased the activity of these enzymes. This may lead to wrinkles. The researchers then found that tretinoin could block the enzyme activity, opening up the possibility that tretinoin may be useful in treating patients with signs of premature skin aging.2
Folate deficiency may also cause or worsen the mental difficulties often experienced by seniors. In a study done in 1996 in Spain, researchers analyzed the relationship between mental and functional capacities and folate status in a group of 177 seniors. In this study, almost 50 per cent of the people had folate intakes below recommended values. Those with poor test results had significantly lower folate levels.6
Low vitamin B12 levels in seniors may also reduce the effectiveness of the immune response. Recent research has shown that seniors with low vitamin B12 levels may have impaired antibody responses to vaccination even though their immune systems are apparently functioning adequately.7
Supplementation can prevent irreversible neurological damage if started early. Seniors with vitamin B12 deficiency may show psychiatric or metabolic deficiency symptoms even before anemia is diagnosed. Screening for low vitamin B12 levels is necessary in seniors with mental impairment, although it has also been found that deficiency states can still exist even when blood levels are higher than the traditional lower reference limit for vitamin B12. Patients who are most at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency include those with gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune disorders, Type I diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders, and those receiving long-term therapy with gastric acid inhibitors.8
Studies show that seniors, particularly those who are housebound or in institutions, may be at high risk of vitamin D deficiency. Seniors who frequently use sunscreens may also be more likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency. A study published in 1998 in the New England Journal of Medicine found vitamin D deficiency in 57 per cent of a group of 290 patients who were admitted to hospital. In a subgroup of the patients who had no known risk factors for vitamin D deficiency, the researchers found that 42 per cent were deficient. They concluded that vitamin D deficiency was probably a substantial problem.9
In recognition of the increased vitamin D needs of seniors, the RDAs have been raised. For adults under 50, the RDA is 200 IU; while for those over 50, it is now 400 IU; and for those over 70, it is 600 IU.
Arthritis Treatment Options
Researchers at the Oregon Health Sciences University report that MSM has been found to promote joint mobility and when combined with Glucosamine Sulfate, offers a powerful formula for joint health. Recent studies show that MSM offers a natural way to help promote joint comfort.1
Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) seems to function in at least four different ways. One of the first observations noted when favorable Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) results are seen is the lubricating quality of Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO). Decrease or loss of morning stiffness is commonly noted shortly after commencing Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) treatment. Next, Cetyl Myristoleate functions as an anti-inflammatory. Lessening of swollen digits is often seen after the 4th or 5th week of Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) treatment. Third, Cetyl Myristoleate CMO functions as an immunomodulator or immune system regulator. Cetyl Myristoleate’s ability to regulate or calm down hyper-immune responses is one of the most exciting qualities and shows that Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) may be helpful in addressing the symptoms related to many autoimmune diseases. And finally, Cetyl Myristoleate functions as an analgesic or painkiller and CMO has been helpful for many sufferers of muscle tension headaches and fibromyalgia. 2
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