Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel condition that causes digestive issues, pain, weight loss, and anaemia. It can be particularly damaging to seniors because it affects their overall health. Although Crohn’s disease is not completely preventable, seniors can greatly reduce the severity of the illness by making a few lifestyle changes.
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Here are a few ways to reduce the risk of Crohn’s disease in seniors.
Seniors who smoke are at risk of developing Crohn’s disease. Though the exact reason for this is unclear, doctors believe smoking prevents proper blood circulation. It is important for your loved one to let go of this habit.
Eat the Right Amount of Fibre
Fibre helps push foods through the intestines, and it ensures beneficial gut bacteria remain at healthy levels. Consuming fibre boosts gastrointestinal functioning, and soluble fibre that absorbs water during digestion is particularly useful. Good sources of fibre include fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. However, if your loved one already has Crohn’s, he or she may need to avoid excessive fibre because it can worsen symptoms.
Crohn’s disease is often caused by gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach lining. To keep this medical condition at bay, doctors recommend seniors wash their hands with soap regularly, get a rotavirus vaccine, and consume properly prepared foods and beverages.
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Consume More Probiotics
Probiotics help the gastrointestinal system digest food and fight off harmful bacteria and other germs. Seniors can increase probiotics intake by eating foods like yogurt, pickles, miso, sauerkraut, and tempeh. Probiotics are also available as supplements. Seniors with Crohn’s disease may need to avoid dairy products.
Lower Stress Levels
High stress levels can damage the digestive system. When feeling stressed, a senior’s stomach produces more acid, which can worsen Crohn’s disease symptoms. Your loved one can reduce his or her stress levels by practicing meditative techniques, taking a walk, doing yoga, or trying simple breathing exercises.
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