AUDIBEL PROMOTES HEARING HEALTH

According to hearing health providers, nearly one in five Americans age 12 years and older – 48 million people – experience hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent age-related disability in adults age 75 years plus, following arthritis and hypertension. Only 5 percent of hearing loss in adults can be improved medically or surgically. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss are treated with hearing aids.

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR AGING SKIN

As you age, you may notice wrinkles and brown spots on your skin. Aging makes skin more prone to dryness. Your skin also becomes thinner and loses fat, making it less plump and smooth. Cuts and bruises might take longer to heal. How skin ages will depend on several factors: your heredity, lifestyle, diet and other personal habits, such as smoking. Sunlight is another major cause of skin aging.

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A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP IS GOOD FOR SENIOR HEALTH

For some seniors,getting a good night’s sleep is an everyday challenge. Some sleep specialists recommend seniors sleep about seven and a half hours on average, while others say seniors need to get as much sleep as they always have to function at their best. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) convened experts from the fields of sleep research, anatomy and physiology as well as pediatrics, neurology and gerontology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines.

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3. Legumes

All kinds of legumes, such as black-eyed peas, lima beans, kidney beans and peanuts, contain zinc, an essential trace mineral found in high concentration in the eyes. Zinc may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light. Other foods with plenty of zinc include poultry, lean red meat, oysters and fortified cereals.


4. Citrus fruits

According to scientists, the eyes need significant levels of vitamin C to function properly as well as antioxidants that can prevent or delay AMD and cataracts. Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and tangerines are good sources of vitamin C, an antioxidant critical to eye health. Other fruits such as peaches, tomatoes, red peppers and strawberries are also good sources of vitamin c.


5. Fish

According to some studies, diets rich in omega-3 fatty acid from cold-water fish such as tuna, sardines and halibut reduce the risk of developing eye disease later

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and low in fat can benefit your eyes. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal 87 percent of Americans are not meeting vegetable intake recommendations and 76 percent are not eating the recommended amounts of fruits.


If you want to protect your vision, you need to eat more healthy foods. Some of these include:


1. Leafy green vegetables

Vegetables such as spinach, collards, turnip greens, romaine lettuce and kale are high in zeaxanthin and lutein, two nutrients found in the healthy eye that reduce the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Your body cannot make zeaxanthin, so you must get it from your diet. According to recent research, once you heat spinach, the lutein and zeaxanthin are damaged and will not perform as well in protecting your vision, so try eating it raw in a salad.


2. Whole grains

A diet containing foods with a low glycemic index (GI) can also help reduce your risk for AMD. Swap refined carbo- hydrates for brown rice, quinoa, whole oats and whole-wheat bread and pasta. The zinc, vitamin E and niacin found in whole grains also help promote overall eye health.

5 FOODS FOR HEALTHY EYES

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in life. These fish are good sources of DHA, a fatty acid found in the retina. Low levels of DHA have been linked to dry-eye syndrome, says Jimmy Lee, M.D., director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. If you don’t eat seafood, you can use fish oil supplements. A 2010 study from John Hopkins found people who had a diet high in omega-3 fatty acid were much less likely to develop AMD. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pistachios also contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that boost your eye health. A diet with lots of trans fat can contribute to macular degeneration by interfering with omega-3 fats in the body. Trans fat is found in many processed and baked goods, such as margarine, shortening, fried foods such as French fries and fried chicken, doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers. For your eyes’ health, try to avoid or cut down on these foods as much as possible.


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