seniors & aging FAQs

Top aging-related questions answered by the experts. expand_more
By dotFIT experts
on July 20, 2009
First, multiple vitamin and mineral (MVM) supplementation is just that: a supplement to your best possible food diet. Second, MVM supplementation was designed to cure nutritional deficiency disease More...
By dotFIT experts
on March 24, 2009
Metabolism is the rate at which the body uses energy to support all basic functions essential to sustain life, plus all energy requirements for additional activity and digestive processes. There are three components to energy expenditure More...
By dotFIT experts
on March 24, 2009
The different settings on the Skyndex caliper dial are meant to account for the different types of body fat distribution between men and women as well as the changes that occur with aging. More...
By dotFIT experts
on December 31, 2008
Epidemiological studies offer some evidence that an increased intake of lutein and zeaxanthin within the diet is linked with a lowered risk for age-related macular degeneration. More...
Maybe, but probably due more to lifestyle than physiology. No matter your age, the mechanics of weight loss are the same for everyone--eat less and move more. Make sure you’re eating fewer calories than you burn. More...
By dotFIT experts
on January 05, 2009
The good news is that any type of exercise will help improve your HDL level, especially if it leads to weight loss. Try to add or increase the amount of weekly time spent doing both aerobic and resistance training. More...
By dotFIT experts
on December 31, 2008
Practically speaking, yes, but not to the degree many people believe and certainly not enough to keep anyone from losing weight. Data reveals that for every decade after age 25, your resting metabolic rate (the amount of calories you burn while sitting quietly--RMR) slows down approximately 2%. More...
By dotFIT experts
on January 05, 2009
The opposite is generally true: most people tend to burn slightly fewer calories as they age, not more. Total daily calorie burn is determined to a large degree by physical activity (especially if one is really active), but weight is a big contributor as well. More...
By dotFIT experts
on January 05, 2009
Whether anyone gains muscle depends upon several factors, including total caloric intake (you must have a surplus of nutrients to build muscle), type and amount of activity/exercise and appropriate rest. More...
By dotFIT experts
on February 02, 2009
Americans age 50 and older can benefit from a multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) that is slightly different than those created for younger folks, and takes into account unique nutrient requirements based on guidelines recently published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). More...
By dotFIT experts
on March 08, 2009
The only way you will know for sure how much iron you’re getting and how much you need is to have your iron levels checked through the proper blood tests (see below for more on tests). More...
By dotFIT experts
on March 19, 2009
The simple answer is no. The laws of physics never ignore you, regardless of your age. If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. More...
If you have the true “double chin” it generally means you are carrying excess fat under the chin near the throat area. The fat tends to sag More...
Low levels of Vitamin K and D have been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease including hardening of the arteries. Specifically, vitamin K More...
Based on individual physiology, (we are all slightly different), most anything could be bad for one’s health, including shellfish, nuts, certain fruits, etc., among those with allergic More...
When over 50, age is more important than gender when looking for the right daily multivitamin mineral formula (MVM). As we age, More...
Microlactin has become a common ingredient in products advertised for the relief of joint pain. Microlactin contains milk More...
Proper calcium intake is important to everyone throughout life because calcium is critical to the health and longevity of our bones. Older women More...
There are plenty of supplements claiming joint support but few live up to the exciting claims. There is enough supporting evidence in some to More...
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may be able to temporarily slow some aspects of the aging process but that might not be a good idea More...
Vitamin K1 can be taken orally by consuming a good multivitamin & mineral formula (MVM) that contains ~50-100mcgs of vitamin K (as phytonadione) More...
Vitamin and mineral supplements may not slow aging but may help you live better longer depending on your daily diet and other lifestyle choices, More...
No specific omega oil has been called out specifically for “concentration” but evidence does exist showing that certain omega-3 fatty acids may More...
Yes, but not too much or not at all if advised by their doctor because of a specific condition where iron may be contraindicated. More...
Men and women up to age 50 would use formulas based on diet, activity and gender. After 50, for the majority of the population, the formula More...
If a blood or urine test administered by your physician has confirmed that you have low levels of sodium you have options. Depending on the severity they may recommend More...
Vitamins B6 and B12 are both involved in systems that keep the amino acid’s derivative homocysteine in check. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with higher risk of many More...
A formula should consider the requirements of older individuals in helping to combat potentially preventable diseases such as dementia, osteoporosis and heart disease. More...

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