Healthy Diets Might Aid Mobility in Seniors
No surprise: Growing older can make physical activities more difficult. A healthy diet, however, may help. Researchers recruited 12,658 men ages 63 and older (fewer than 10 percent had diabetes) and measured their ability to do everyday tasks, such as getting dressed, carrying groceries, and climbing stairs. They also scored their diets on a healthy-eating scale. Four years later, the men who ate the healthiest diets were 26 percent less likely to have physical impairments compared with those who ate the least-nutritious foods. The study did not prove that a poor diet causes impairment—men with physical impairments may have had trouble cooking healthful meals, for instance—but the link supports prior findings on the importance of healthy eating. Be sure to include good-for-you foods such as fruits, veggies, and nuts in your regular eating plan.
Source: The Journal of Nutrition, Health, and Aging, March 20, 2019