More than 120 international scientists in the field of vitamin and nutrition research recently gathered together at the 5th International Vitamin Conference in Sydney, Australia. Attendees shared and discussed the latest scientific research on the role of vitamins and minerals and how these micronutrients can contribute to beneficially impact human health. Senior healthcare was a key focus for discussion, with some of the world’s leading experts presenting on their latest findings and guidance on topics in healthy aging.
The increasingly aging population is a major achievement in terms of public health, however it has also resulted in a growing demographic that is at a higher risk of developing nutrition-related chronic conditions. A recent study [include link] by Manfred Eggersdorfer, Professor for Healthy Aging at the University of Groningen, in Nutrients examines the unique nutritional challenges facing the aging population and identifies the strategies and policies to address the emerging situation that were discussed at the accompanying scientific symposium ‘Hidden Hunger: Solutions for America’s Aging Population’ in March 2018. Here, Eggersdorfer comments on the research behind the study and how nutritional intervention can help overcome specific nutrient deficiencies.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been in the news as of late. Just last month, researchers reported that those who were the biggest consumers of omega-3s had a 15 to 18% lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke, compared to those who consumed lower amounts of omega-3s. Being in the top 20% of fish intake, compared with the lowest 20%, was also associated with a 10% lower risk for death from cardiovascular causes. The findings were based on the National Institutes of Health-American Association of Retired Persons (NIH-AARP) Diet and Health Study that included more than 420,000 men and women, followed for an average of 16 years.
Looking ahead to the 5th International Vitamin Conference: What can we learn from the leading experts in healthy aging research?
The global population of people aged 60+ is projected to exceed two billion by 2050, and the number of people over 80 years of age is expected to be three times higher in 2050 than it was in 2013. While increased longevity in many countries is a positive development, these additional years are often accompanied by a variety of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other age-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. These conditions can have a major impact on the quality of people’s lives, while also placing a significant financial burden on healthcare systems around the world. As such, approaches to healthier aging will be a key focus at this year’s International Vitamin Conference.
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