Aging men need more than 40 nutrients to stay healthy. With age, it becomes more important that diets contain enough calcium, fiber, iron, protein, and the vitamins A, B12, C, D and Folacin. Older adults should reduce calories, select nutrient-dense foods, and enjoy smaller portions of foods high in sodium, sugar and carbohydrates.

Physiological changes occur slowly over time in all body systems. These changes are influenced by life events, illnesses, genetic traits and socioeconomic factors. Drastic changes take place in the body of the aging men and these changes gain momentum after the age of 60 and one has to rely on nutritional supplement for maintaining one’s health.

Some of these changes have been discussed below to second the importance of nutritional supplements intake during the process of aging in men.

Sensory changes include a decline in sight and peripheral vision, hearing, smell and taste take place. The losses are neither total nor rapid, but they do affect nutritional intake and health status.

Loss of visual acuteness may lead to less activity or a fear of cooking, especially using a stove. Inability to read food prices, nutrition labels or recipes may affect grocery shopping, food preparation and eating. This could have an adverse effect on nutritional status.

Loss of hearing may lead to less eating out or not asking questions of the waiter or store clerk.

Changes in smell and taste can affect food preferences. If food doesn’t taste appetizing or smell appealing, it is likely it won’t get eaten. Recommended changes in diet such as limiting intake of salt, sugar or fat, can also lead to lower food intake.

As people age, lean body mass is lost. Reduced muscle mass includes skeletal muscle, smooth muscle and muscle that affects vital organ function, with loss of cardiac muscle perhaps the most important. Cardiac capacity can be reduced and cardiac function impaired by chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension or diabetes

The most significant result of the loss of lean body mass may be the decrease in basal energy metabolism. Metabolic rate declines proportionately with the decline in total protein tissue. At the same time, total body fat typically increases with age. This often can be explained by lower metabolic rate in addition to too many calories. As people age, fat tends to concentrate in the trunk and as fat deposits around the vital organs.

As people age, bone density is lost. Severe osteoporosis is debilitating and serious. Fractures and their associated illness and mortality are certainly a concern. Also, vertebral compression fractures can change chest configuration. This, in turn, can affect breathing, intestinal distension, and internal organ displacement.

To live a healthy life, most older people don’t need a complete multivitamin supplement. But if you don’t think you are making the best food choices, look for a supplement sold as a complete vitamin and mineral supplement. It should be well balanced and contain 100% of most recommended vitamins and minerals. Read the label to make sure the dose is not too large.

Avoid supplements with mega-doses. Too much of some vitamins and minerals can be harmful, and you might be paying for supplements you don’t need.

Supplements For Seniors Part 2 > > >

Originally posted 2015-10-01 22:21:50.

Ray Plumlee
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Retired USN "Mustang"(Enlisted to Officer) Officer. World traveler, been to 38 countries.
After retiring in 1994, I kept myself busy traveling as an online web programmer. Maybe you heard of me, Have Web Sites Will Travel? I then retired for a second time in 2010. Recently to keep busy I started a 3rd career, a career dedicated to me. My full time dedication is to my health and fitness. My job is to research everything to do with health and fitness (Yes, sexual health) and everything else related. I workout 6 times a week, closely monitor my diet and nutrition. I have started an online blog dedicated to the health and fitness of men over 60. So you can see I keep myself very busy.

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11 thoughts on “Supplements For Seniors Part 1: Why Nutritional Supplements Are More Necessary For Aging Men, Especially Men Over 60

  • 18 February 2016 at 3:57 AM
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    Very clear and written in a way I can understand. I am not very familiar with supplements but this post has shown how important it is.

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  • 12 February 2016 at 9:22 AM
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    I am a regular reader of your blog. I have become a bit of a health nut. I never really felt bad, tired or unfocused, but I was getting a little pudgy in the middle. I decided to go on a diet and I succeeded in losing the 25 lbs I wanted gone. I balanced my reduction in food with an increase in food supplements and vitamins. As I said, I never felt I was unhealthy, but the increase in stamina and focus, plus sleeping better, has convinced me to change lifestyles completely. I now eat healthy and take vitamins and supplements. I honestly believe I have trimmed as many years off as I have pounds. I am 65 and feel better than I did at 40.

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  • 12 February 2016 at 8:09 AM
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    This was a very interesting and informative post. I have never taken supplements or vitamins of any kind, but now that I’m getting older I figure I am going to have to start taking care of my body better. I procrastinated because I did not want to have to spend hours researching to inform myself of what the options were. A couple of healthy livings websites I visited were little more than one page ads for a specific product. Then I arrived here. More information than I could have hoped for in one place, thanks!

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  • 6 February 2016 at 3:39 AM
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    It makes me sad to see how many people of all ages are walking around with an undiagnosed vitamin deficiency. I think everybody should be taking supplements, there is no way you can take in all vitamins and minerals you need daily without taking supplements.

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  • 4 February 2016 at 9:32 PM
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    This was a great read. I am almost at retirement age and so far have not suffered from any broken bones and I have taken some nasty spills because I am very active. I don’t think I should be tempting fate though so I will be taking supplements to strengthen my bones. I suspect if I don’t it is only going to be a matter of time before I’ll wish I had.

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  • 2 February 2016 at 8:58 AM
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    Well it all makes sense and you have some great information here for those that might not be familiar with supplements. Thanks for that!

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  • 31 January 2016 at 4:31 PM
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    A very informative post. I had no idea that, as a man over 60, there are more than 40 nutrients I need to stay healthy. I suspect I get maybe half that number. I will be paying closer attention to what I eat, what nutrients I am getting from what I eat, and then take the necessary supplements to make sure I cover all the nutrients I need.

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  • 31 January 2016 at 7:00 AM
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    I totally agree. If you cannot get the nutrients and minerals needed to keep your body on balance, the use of supplements is a great idea! I would recommend a diet change first, but I know how tough that can be for some.

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  • 26 January 2016 at 2:14 PM
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    My wife has just turned 40 and I am in my early 60s so our dietary needs are almost polar opposites. Rather than cooking two meals, or close to two different meals, we’ve decided to eat out. It is a costly compromise, but one that enhances marital bliss. You see, I can not make toast without disappointment, so the effort invested in cooking would not be shared equally.

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  • 22 January 2016 at 8:58 AM
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    As a 60+ bachelor I do not eat well. Everything I eat is either prepackaged or most often from a restaurant. To stay healthy without having to change my lifestyle I am depending more of vitamins and supplements. I found this article and all of those on your website great and will be following some of the advice for sure.

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  • 16 January 2016 at 2:20 PM
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    There are many nutritional supplements available and it’s very important not go too crazy with them and I would recommend before consulting before with health care provider. Also it’s important not to be cheap on them.. bad quality will not bring the needed effort or will give side effects.

    I always search in google for legit reviews from customers before buying. For me review from customers are important.

    Why I believe in nutritional supplements:
    1. Many foods are shipped long distances and are stored for long periods of time, both of which cause the depletion of vitamins in these foods, including the important B-complex and C vitamins.

    2. Food processing, cooking, and preserving leads to nutrient depletion in our food supply that makes it difficult to obtain adequate nutrition from foods alone.

    3. Many fruits and vegetables are genetically bred to improve visual appeal and crop yields, not nutritional value, which frequently results in lesser nutritional values than our ancestors’ food supply.

    This is one of the reasons why I plan my own small garden to grow some food for myself. New hobby and great food. And the best thing some saving with great taste.

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