Low-Carb Best Solution in Senior Diet for Lowering Cholesterol
Your senior diet is just as important as participating in senior sports is in maintaining a healthy senior lifestyle. Working out and eating right are the basic, and most important, steps in living a longer, healthier life. However, a senior’s diet tends to have more specific needs than just “eat healthy”.
A new study was published in Annals of Internal Medicine that found that both low-carb and low-fat diets – together with behavior treatment – will help seniors lose weight, but a low-carb senior diet was found to be the best choice for improving cardiovascular risks.
Around 300 overweight seniors participated in this study; half were given low-carb diets and the other half low-fat along with behavior treatments for two years. Measurements such as weight, blood pressure, bone mineral density, body composition and others were taken every three, six and 12 months. The group participating in the low-carb senior diet doubled their good cholesterol levels from the other group – 23% as opposed to 11% when the study reached its end at two years.
Both groups lost a significant amount of their original weight; about 7% of their body mass, simply from the senior diet choices they made along with the behavior modification, which researchers said were a key component in the weight loss.
“I think an important outcome from a study like this is to think about which diets fit best for which people,” said Dr. Gary Foster, the study lead author, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University, Philadelphia. “This study would suggest that perhaps for those with low HDL-cholesterol levels to begin with, that a low-carbohydrate approach to weigh loss may have some advantages.”