Managing Your Weight as You Age

As people age, metabolisms begin to slow down and less calories are needed than in our younger years. Actually, the slowing of our metabolism can begin as early as when we are in our 20s or 30s! A sluggish metabolism makes it more difficult for us to maintain a healthy weight, and that difficulty can increase with each passing year.

For seniors, managing weight can be challenging due to some of the other issues that come along with aging. For instance, chronic conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis may limit mobility and make you lose some of your muscle tone, which makes it hard to maintain right amount of daily physical activity. Or, hormonal changes result in the redistribution of weight and cause muscle loss, too. Some of the medications you take on a regular basis may affect your balance and your appetite. However, it’s important to keep your weight within a healthy range to avoid health complications in the future.

Weight Management Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Many seniors can still impact their overall health by working toward a healthy weight. Making small changes to your lifestyle can lead you on the right path. Remember, the goal is not to lose or gain a great deal of weight all at once, but to be healthy by staying active and adopting proper eating habits.

There are consequences to being overweight as well as underweight. For instance, if you’re overweight, you’re more at risk for conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. On the other hand, being underweight can weaken the immune system or make you more susceptible to fracturing a bone and other injuries.

Consider these weight management tips:

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