Good day everyone! Here is another advocacy that I would like to share to all of you for this day.
Some people may question why practicing proper nutrition is so critical. Exactly what are the benefits of following a balanced diet and choosing foods high in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein, etc.) and low in calories? Well here’s why…
- Cardiovascular disease
According to The Heart Foundation, cardiovascular disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined but proper nutrition can reduce a person’s chance for developing this disease, as mentioned by the World Health Organization. Diets high in fats and cholesterol can largely contribute to a person’s risk. People can avoid heart problems by staying away from foods containing saturated or trans fat and cholesterol. Avoiding salt can also lower a person’s blood pressure, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease.
Certain types of cancer can be prevented with the proper diet. Keeping your body at a healthy weight may greatly reduce the risk for specific cancers, including those related to the breast, kidney, esophagus, uterus, colon and rectum. The American Cancer Society noted that in 2015, 1,658,370 new cases of some form of cancer will arise. Ensuring that you get plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet will help lower your chances of getting cancer.
Osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become porous, is one of the main causes for bone and fragility fractures. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, this disease causes 8.9 million fractures annually. Luckily, eating right can improve bone health and reduce the risk of fracture. Older adults should make sure that they get the daily recommended amounts of vitamin D and calcium, two nutrients that contribute to the building of healthy bone.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 33 percent of people in the nation are obese. Obesity is directly correlated to diet, and has been linked to an underlying factor in many other health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Obesity is a major concern among older adults, who tend to become less active over time. However, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can easily be accomplished with the help of the right nutrition. People should also focus on whole grains, fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods.
According to the WHO, the rates of Type 2 diabetes are also increasing worldwide, which may also contribute to the development of other conditions such as kidney and heart disease. Type 2 diabetes is mainly caused by an ingestion of too much sugar, which can throw off a person’s glucose levels. So instead, we should choose fruits, whole grains cereals low in sugar and dark, leafy greens.