May 1999 Issue

Facing 50 And Beyond: How Best To Meet Changing Nutritional Needs

The U.S. is a society of plenty, and the widespread symptoms of overindulgence-heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity,-are often blamed on "too much:" too much fat, too much salt, too many calories. For older adults, however, nutrient shortages are as much a concern as nutritional excesses, since the ability to fend off age-related ailments like heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and cataracts is compromised by less-than-optimal nutrition.

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