“Among the elderly, the risk of senescence when men lack fruit and women fish and shellfish intake ↑”

Ewha University Professor Yang-Ha Kim’s team, analyzed the results of 1,268 seniors 65 years of age and older
“The rate of senility among women is 21.9%, more than twice that of men”
“Old male elderly and healthy males have three times the amount of fruit intake”

Provided by the Korea Food Communication Forum (KOFRUM).

A study by a domestic research team found that the risk of senescence is high if the intake of fruits and shellfish is insufficient for the elderly male and the elderly female.

The risk of senescence in women was more than twice that of men, showing significant differences by sex.

According to the Korea Food Communication Forum (KOFRUM) on the 4th, the research team led by Professor Yang-Ha Kim of the Department of Food and Nutrition at Ewha Womans University published the same study in the paper ‘Relationship between dietary intake and senescence in the elderly in Korea: using data from the 2018 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey’. revealed the results.

The research team analyzed the relationship between aging and food in 1,268 people (535 males, 733 females) aged 65 or older who participated in the 2018 National Health and Nutrition Survey.

The research team found that ▲ weight loss of 3 kg or more in the past year ▲ muscle weakness (grip strength less than 26 kg for men and less than 18 kg for women) ▲ decreased gait speed (some difficulties in walking, having to lie down all day) ▲ exhaustion (‘a lot of stress on a daily basis) ‘I feel it’) ▲ Decreased physical activity (usually 2 hours of moderate-intensity physical activity every week)

Less than liver or less than 1 hour of high-intensity physical activity) were judged as ‘senile’.

The prevalence of senility showed significant differences by gender. The prevalence of senility among women was 21.9%, more than double that of men (9.7%).

Men who ate less fruit and women who ate less seafood were at higher risk of senility. The average daily fruit intake of frail male elderly was 81 g, which was lower than that of healthy male elderly (220 g) as well as frail female elderly (117 g). The average fruit intake of healthy and frail older men was nearly threefold.

In the paper, the research team said, “Fruit is a food rich in antioxidant nutrients vitamins A, C, E and dietary fiber and minerals, and it is known that it can lower the risk of senescence. It has been shown to reduce the risk of senescence.”

A frail elderly woman ate an average of 66 g of seafood per day, which was only half that of a healthy elderly woman (115 g).

“Seafood rich in protein, omega-3 fat, calcium, and vitamin D are known to inhibit senescence,” the research team said in the paper.

When the elderly were grouped into 4 groups according to their food intake, the risk of senescence among men in the third group with the highest fruit intake was 66% lower than that of the men in the group eating the least.

The risk of senility among elderly women, the third group with the highest intake of seafood, was about half that of women who ate the least fish and shellfish.

The research team concluded in the paper, “The conclusion of this study is that a low intake of fruits and seafood in elderly males and fish and shellfish in elderly women is associated with the risk of senescence.”

The results of this study were introduced in the recent issue of ‘Journal of Nutrition and Health’, an academic journal published by the Korean Society of Nutrition.

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