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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What nutritional factors should be considered for ageing people?

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    As we age, our nutrition needs change. We need fewer calories, but nutrient requirements can increase, for example we need more calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B6). A healthy diet includes vegetables and fruit, grain products, lean meats, nuts and beans and milk or other dairy products.

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  • Dr Michael Elstein

    GP (General Practitioner)

    I am an anti-ageing/wellness expert and author of ‘Eternal Health,’ and ‘You have the power.’ I have appeared on radio and television and currently have ... View Profile

      Ageing sees a decline in hydrocholoric  acid production, a vital component of a healthy digestive process.  Unfortunately medications to suppress acid production are commonly prescribed to treat digestive disorders, leading not only to compromised nutrient status, but also an increased incidence of infections and osteoporosis.  Dysbiosis, an imbalance of germs in the gut, is not uncommon, with evidence, at least in mice, that supplementation with a strain of bifidobateria, a possibly beneficial organism, promotes longevity.
      In an ideal world a comprehensive health evaluation, involving a detailed nutritional assessment with appropriate laboratory investigations would incover nutritional deficiencies, as well as a dysfunctional digestive system, before these lead to irreversible health problems. 

  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris ... View Profile

    In general as we age our bodies begin to slow down. Important nutrients needed are calcium & vitamin D (to prevent against osteoporosis), adequate protein (to maintain lean muscle mass), and pre and probiotics (for digestive health). Its important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle incorporating a wide variety of foods from all five core food groups (brightly coloured fruits and vegetables will provide antioxidants to help guard against free radical damage). Exercise is also important as we age to help hold onto muscle and prevent against osteoporosis.

    For an accurate nutritional assessment book in and visit your local Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), you can often get a referral from your doctor or most clinics accept walk ins. To find an APD near you head to

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