The role of healthy nutrition and diet in the prevention of non-communicable diseases among the aged

  • Israel Ayenigbara | histrealite2647@gmail.com Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Abstract

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill approximately 41 million individuals every year, proportional to 71% of all deaths universally. This paper discuses the role of healthy nutrition and diet in the prevention of non-communicable diseases among the aged. It is a theoretical research in which Non-communicable diseases and the aged was discussed, and researched backed nutritional recommendations for the prevention of common non-communicable diseases, and other geriatric illnesses was extensively discussed under; Increment in vegetable and fruit consumption, Lessening of saturated fat intake, Increment in dietary fiber, Lessening of dietary sodium intake, Increment in dietary potassium consumption and reduction in alcohol consumption. It was concluded that healthy nutrition can well help in the prevention of non-communicable and chronic diseases among aged, therefore, healthy nutrition should be a preferred strategy tool in the prevention of non-communicable and chronic diseases among this age group. It was however recommended that; keeping up of good weight, increasing of vegetable and natural fruits product consumption, reduction of saturated fat consumption, increasing of dietary fiber consumption, decrease in dietary sodium and increment of dietary potassium intake, and reducing the rate of alcohol use; all helps in the prevention of non-communicable disease and other geriatric illnesses affecting the aged.

 

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2019-04-17
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Healthy nutrition, prevention, non-communicable diseases, aged.
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Ayenigbara, I. (2019). The role of healthy nutrition and diet in the prevention of non-communicable diseases among the aged. Geriatric Care, 5(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/gc.2019.7961