Older adults are disproportionally affected by chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Eighty percent have at least one chronic condition, and nearly 70% of them have two or more.
Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death among older adults in the U.S. Experts say inflammation and insulin resistance brought on by aging, stress, and diet are two main factors.
“The more bad oils, toxic foods, and high sugar ingredients we get exposed to, the less adaptable our cells become and, ultimately, we will discover that our cells are inflamed and resistant to hormones,” Pelz said.
“Once cellular inflammation and insulin resistance happens in a cell, the chronic disease starts to build. This is why we often see that someone has one chronic disease and a few years later, they are diagnosed with a couple more. All chronic diseases have root causes of chronic inflammation.”
Not smoking, drinking less alcohol, and being active will keep you healthy health at any age. Regular exercise can help older adults stay independent and prevent many health problems that come with age. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, older adults should do two types of physical activities each week to improve their health including aerobic and muscle-strengthening.
Staying hydrated is also very important, as is getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night and decreasing stress by meditating, walking, and hanging out with friends. Following the basic rules is the key to a healthy lifestyle.