Certain foods may ward off medical conditions in seniors


January 11, 2012

Study finds technique to strengthen bonesEating healthy foods and exercising have long been known to help seniors age more gracefully. Although many understand this notion, figuring out what foods work best to keep certain medical issues at bay may be more challenging.

According to MSN.com, many studies have shown that a few specific food groups can help seniors live healthy well into their golden age.

Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel or rainbow trout may help reduce a person's chances of developing heart disease or strokes. The news outlet reports that a study found that people who eat one or two 4-ounce servings of such fish a week have a 36 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than non-fish eaters.

Drinking one glass of red wine a night may help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and work to prevent blood clots. Scientists have found that a component found in red wine called resveratrol helps regulate blood flow and may even improve flow to the brain, reducing stroke risks. However, if a person is not a drinker already, starting to drink for health benefits may be counter productive.

Eating fresh produce and fatty nuts like almonds may also help ward off serious health risks.

Although seniors can reduce their chances of heart attacks and more by eating certain foods, it doesn't mean heart problems can't happen. Elderly people living alone may want to prepare by installing a senior alert system in their homes. This way, if a medical emergency occurs, they have the means to call for help.