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Previously, doctors were seeing the death rates from heart disease declining. That is, until around 2010 when the rates started to slow down. In fact, the number of deaths from stroke have evened off and hypertension mortality rates have risen. Experts believe the change is because more people are struggling with obesity.

Study Links Obesity to Loss of Decline in Heart Disease Deaths

Researchers recently conducted a study using data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to examine the link between obesity and heart disease deaths. The findings of the study were published in a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

What the researchers found showed that preventing heart disease through weight loss and other lifestyle changes is the key to preventing deaths due to heart disease. Experts say that heart disease is mostly preventable, but more emphasis needs to be placed on ways to prevent it, such as achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Losing Weight After 60

If your older family member is overweight, helping them to reach a healthy weight could prevent the development of heart disease or help to improve existing heart problems. Losing weight as an older adult is much the same as it is at any age. Mainly, your aging relative needs to burn more calories than they consume. Some other tips for helping older adults to lose weight are:

Keep Muscle and Lose Fat: While losing weight, it’s important for seniors not to lose muscle mass. Muscle mass naturally declines with age, but older adults need to stay strong to support bones and joints to prevent falls. In addition to exercise aimed at losing weight, be sure your loved one also does strength exercises to maintain and build muscles. In addition, eating more protein can help to maintain muscles.

Shop with Purpose: Going to the grocery store without a plan can lead to a lot of impulse buying. Instead, plan healthy meals for the week and create a list of only the ingredients needed to make them. Stick to the list when shopping.

Use Fiber to Fill Up: Fibrous foods, like fruits and vegetables, can help fill seniors up and keep them feeling full longer so they aren’t as tempted to reach for unhealthy snacks.

Stay Hydrated: Sometimes the body confuses thirst for hunger, which can lead to consuming unnecessary calories. To avoid this, encourage the older adult to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Senior care can help older adults to lose weight by assisting them with planning and shopping for healthy meals. A senior care provider can drive them to the grocery store, push the cart, and assist with putting the groceries away. Senior care providers can also make sure the meals include plenty of protein and fiber. In addition, a senior care provider can make sure your older family member gets enough water during the day by bringing them glasses of water or refilling a water bottle throughout the day.

Sources
https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20190828/rising-obesity-rates-undermining-strides-made-against-heart-disease#1
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/dieting-tips-older-adults
https://www.verywellfit.com/weight-loss-tips-2967746

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