What if we told you that one of the most serious injuries facing older Australians is preventable and that nutrition plays a key role in reducing your risk of injury. Would you rethink your diet?
You’ve heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’. In this case, it means that if you’re not eating a well-balanced diet, you certainly won’t be well balanced, and this can lead to a fall! Falls can often result in very serious injury, hospital time, long-term injury or worse.
Many people aren’t aware that nutrition plays a key role in reducing falls risk and recovery but do understand that exercise, increased strength and balance can help. Poor nutrition (or malnutrition) can lead to reduced muscular strength and decreased mobility, which is where healthy eating and a balanced diet comes into play.
Malnutrition isn’t something that is limited to those who don’t eat enough. Many people with malnutrition aren’t even aware they have it until they have a fall or become ill. Malnutrition is a physical condition resulting from either an inadequate diet or an inability to absorb the nutrients we need.
So what can you do with your diet to help reduce the risk of falls?
Ensure you have a well-balanced diet