Tips on being healthy into senior years
Lower your fat intake, and know how many calories you need based on your
physical activity. Choose foods high in fiber. Eat on a regular
schedule, preferably three small meals and avoid a heavy dinner. No
gorging. "We often eat no breakfast, lunch on the run, and at night, we
pig out and then go to sleep. It's the worst thing we could do," said
Eleanor A. Young, PhD, professor of medicine. She said the body cannot
use excess protein and carbohydrates so it turns them into storage fuel
Studies show that exercise reduces risk factors in diabetes and coronary
artery disease. Animal research at the Health Science Center has found
evidence to suggest physical activity also helps fight disease. Roger
McCarter, PhD, who led the research, said he personally played squash, a
racquetball game, for exercise, but added strength training to his
regimen because it is good for retaining bone mass and muscle tone.
Check with a physician before starting any exercise program.
Stop smoking. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Wear your seat
belt. Teeth? Floss, brush and get regular dental care to reduce the
odds you'll need false teeth. Turn down the stereo headsets. Excessive
noise can lead to hearing impairment. Michael S. Katz, MD, professor of
medicine, has advice for parents. Overweight children may run a higher
risk of obesity and associated cardiovascular risk later in life. He
recommends action at an early age.