Aging and Nutrition
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NarratorAh…to be young again.
Loyd KernsI'm not nearly as active now, physically active now, as I was then…and…but I continue to eat as I ate as a 20-year-old, so all those things were just adding up and causing my health problems.
NarratorLike many budding seniors, Loyd and wife Alyce have found it a bit of a challenge to stay in shape as they get older…to complicate matters Loyd developed type-2 diabetes about 10 years ago…
Loyd KernsMy numbers just kept going up and up…
NarratorMeanwhile, Alyce had developed some bad dieting habits of her own that were affecting her health…
Alyce KernsMany times I would skip breakfast…or I would go out to eat for breakfast…and I…I would skip meals…
NarratorMany of the diet choices we take for granted when we're younger, can lead to health problems later in life. Our bodies eventually become less forgiving. Blood vessels, for example, can start to lose their elasticity once we start getting a little long in tooth.
Cheryl Williams, RDLD, Clinical Nutritionis, Emory University Heart CenterThat increases blood pressure. They also experience an increase in body fat and a decrease in bone mass and lean body mass, which of course decreases their metabolism, which is the body's ability to burn calories.
NarratorSo as we age we burn fewer calories from our routine daily activities…not to mention we tend to be less active…
Cheryl Williams, RDLD, Clinical Nutritionis, Emory University Heart CenterAnd when you couple decrease in physical activity with a decrease in metabolism there's no surprise that weight gain usually accompanies aging.
NarratorBut there are things you can do to fight back. The first is to prepare more of your meals at home so you can control what goes into your body.
Cheryl Williams, RDLD, Clinical Nutritionis, Emory University Heart CenterSit down write out a shopping list with your basics…with your whole grains, oatmeal, whole grain breads, your fresh fruits and vegetables… Stick to those products so that you're not distracted by the other designer foods that are in the supermarket...
NarratorNext, make sure you stay active…
Cheryl Williams, RDLD, Clinical Nutritionis, Emory University Heart CenterPhysical activity helps promote healthy aging, it burns up excess calories, it decreases your risk for chronic conditions.
NarratorFor Loyd and Alyce, getting guidance from a clinical nutritionist was the kick-start they needed to meet their health goals.
Cheryl Williams, RDLD, Clinical Nutritionis, Emory University Heart CenterThe outcome of the intervention is for Mrs. Kern is that she lost about 13 pounds in two months.
Alyce KernsI can tell that my energy level is up…my doctor said that he would be taking me off of some of my blood pressure medicine.
NarratorAnd Loyd's doctor tells him his vitals are starting to look a lot more positive
Cheryl Williams, RDLD, Clinical Nutritionis, Emory University Heart CenterHe also did really excellent. He lost, actually lost 24 pounds in a two-month period and almost about 10 percent of his body weight. And in terms of his diabetes control, now his range is 88 to 98…
NarratorLoyd and Alyce's may have only just started their new diet program, but they know they're in it for the long haul…
Loyd KernsA diet's temporary. A diet is to help you lose weight. This is a life-style change so we continue to call it a nutrition plan and so we stick to the plan.
NarratorFor WebMD, I'm Damon Meharg.
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