As we grow older, our appetites start to get smaller and this can influence your fiber intake. Fiber is a highly important part of our diets for anyone of any age, but older adults can find that consuming enough fiber is a challenge. However, there are many benefits of consuming fiber in your 50s that cannot be overlooked, especially as age-related health conditions start to set in. Read on to find out more about four of these benefits!
Keep Cholesterol Levels Low
Many older adults struggle with high cholesterol and soluble fiber can help to keep cholesterol levels under control. We all have low-density lipoproteins (LPL), also known as “bad cholesterol” as well as high-density lipoproteins (HPL), known as “good cholesterol”, in our bodies.
Having a high cholesterol level puts you at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, and many older adults take medication to keep this under control. Consuming more fiber is a natural way of keeping your cholesterol levels low.
There’s no denying that many of us could do with losing some weight, regardless of age. However, the effects of an unhealthy weight can start to take their toll on your health as you age. Consuming enough fibers can help to regulate your weight as fiber-rich foods are typically more filling than low-fiber foods. As you start to feel full sooner, this can help to keep how much you eat under control.
We have all experienced constipation at some point; however, older adults are more prone to it due to age-related changes in the gastrointestinal tract. You may turn to laxatives for short-term relief, but laxatives come with many undesirable side effects. A natural way of reducing constipation is through a high-fiber diet. However, keep in mind that you should always remain hydrated as a high-fiber diet without enough water will not help to ease constipation.
Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Are you diabetic or at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes? Approximately 26% of older adults over 65 live with diabetes, and in order to regulate your blood sugar levels, consuming enough fiber can help. You may be wondering, how so? Well, soluble fibers help to slow down the digestive process, releasing glucose into your bloodstream at a slower rate. Whether you are diabetic or at risk of developing diabetes, introducing fiber into your diet can help with regulating your blood sugar levels.
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