The Importance of a Healthy Weight in Seniors
It is important to maintain a healthy weight as we age. Weight has a big impact on the health and independence of seniors.
- Being overweight is the leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Obesity limits mobility an puts stress on our joints and worsens arthritis.
- Obesity increases the risk of other diseases and conditions.
- It is harder for seniors to lose weight due to hormonal changes, muscle loss and physical restrictions.
- Being underweight increases bone fracture risk and weakens the immune system.
- Chronic illness, decreased appetite, or declining mental status can make eating a proper diet difficult, resulting in weight loss.
Make Positive Lifestyle Changes to Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Get an annual physical and discuss your weight, diet and lifestyle with your physician.
- Stay active by walking daily and staying as independent as possible.
- Join an exercise group for seniors who encourage each other to stay active.
- Make healthy meal choices with protein, vegetables, grains and fruits and avoid overeating.
- Drink plenty of water every day.
- Avoid snacking or choose a health snack like fruits and vegetables.
Staying healthy and keeping a healthy weight will have a positive impact on you ability to remain active and doing the things you love to do. By making small lifestyle changes, you can make a big impact on your health. Being active, mobile and independent means that your quality of life will remain strong.