Are you 65 years young feeling 65 years old?
Do you want to have a healthier life and possibly live longer? Then this article is for you.
It blows my mind that many people follow their doctors advice blindly. I get that they have years of learning and experiences, but if you are packed with pills, don’t you think that you owe it to yourself to at least do a little research?
If you have landed on this page, that means that you have. I will try to keep it as simple as possible so that anyone can understand what is going on and how you can make a change for the best.
Many seniors battle with a lot of chronic diseases such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Mobility issues
- High blood pressure
- Alzheimer’s disease
There are many more chronic diseases than the ones listed here. Most of these diseases are related to eating a bad, sugar and carb filled diet your whole life.
It is not your fault, we were all duped into believing the old food pyramid. We were taught that grains, carbohydrates and vegetable oils are healthy foods. Red fatty meat, bacon and butter are bad for us.
I see many seniors struggle with mobility due to their weight. As you get older your muscles and bones become weaker. The obvious thing is to lose weight right? So why don’t you?
It is because you, just like I was, are addicted to carbohydrates, but this is only the beginning. We never have time to cook a healthy meal and because we are always on the go, settle for fast foods. Even the supermarkets have fast foods. Granola bars, cereal, cakes, yogurt and much more are all fast foods. You do not have to make them yourself like the old days. Yes, older days than you!
Many seniors that i have talked about switching their standard American diet to keto always have the same answer: ” I am afraid of switching my diet and what it can do to me”. But if what you are (not) doing and eating now is not working, how can a change for the better be worse?
The problem is that we fear what we do not know.
So I did a little research to see if indeed switching to keto is safe for seniors.
What happens to our body as we get older?
As we all get older we become insulin resistant, this a known medical fact.
- What is insulin resistance?
Simply put, this is when the cells in your body does not absorb and use glucose (sugar) that well anymore, resulting in a higher blood sugar.
This will ultimately lead to diabetes, where one will have to start injecting insulin within the body.
Seniors become more likely to suffer from chronic inflammation.
- What is chronic inflammation?
There are many reasons for chronic inflammation, here are the more common ones:
- Low cortisol
- Old injuries
- Vegetable oils (I have an article on which oils to cook and eat to avoid inflammation.)
Inflammation in itself is not a bad thing, because it is our bodies defense system that fights of infection, cuts and bruises. White blood cells release powerful chemicals that helps fighting off these mentioned injuries.
The problem is that when we eat al lot of processed foods and these foods contain a lot of substances that our bodies do not know what to do with. The body tries to get rid of these substances resulting in a general state of inflammation.
Your bodies immune system reacts without you knowing it, white blood cells will release these powerful chemicals and over time damages your muscle tissue (hearth, lung, kidneys).
There are now many studies that are showing a connection between cancer and inflammation. If inflammation causes damage of tissue within the body, slow cell regeneration caused by aging is a recipe for cancer in my opinion.
I have a comprehensive article on keto and cancer here.
Vitamins and minerals are not absorbed as well for out of there gastrointestinal.
Senior also lose muscle mass and bone density.
Muscle mass loss is mostly caused by a term called sarcopenia that starts occurring after 30 and progresses throughout the years.
Getting little or no physical activity on a regular basis puts people at in increased risk of developing sarcopenia as they age.
I am 39 now and have always been active, but I do have to confess that it has been harder and harder to drag myself over to the gym.
Unfortunately many people have been abusing their bodies by eating to many carbohydrates all their life and are now because of that in bad shape.
But all is not lost, I truly believe if you change your ways you will have many more years ahead of you to enjoy life.
How can keto help with chronic disease in older age?
Following a healthy Keto diet can stop your body from having to deal with inflammation, insulin resistance and other issues.
Why do I say healthy Keto? You can still be on keto and eat unhealthy fats, oils, meats and other foods. Ketosis is accomplished by not eating carbs in contrary to eating high fat.
On your next doctors visit ask him what he or she thinks about keto. If he is against you eating red meat ask him why.
Every cell membranes in our bodies is made out of cholesterol and saturated fats. Red meat is one of the most nutrient dense foods available even more than Kale and other vegetables. Animal fats are also the best fats for our bodies.
By not eating carbohydrates, bad oils and other processed foods, you can reduce or even cure certain chronic diseases like diabetes. I also have an article on how to naturally cure diabetes here.
On keto your inflammation will go way down and so will the joint aces and pains. Your blood sugar will not fluctuate as it does now, just keep an eye out on your blood sugar level if you are taking insulin.
Now of you do not have a gal bladder anymore I would suggest taking it easy on the fats. You can still eat them, just don’t go overboard.
I do also recommend doing research on what are and are not keto foods. There are a lot of products coming out right now by big name companies that do no have the correct ingredients. They will use inferior oils and artificial sweeteners to keep cost down.
How else can we slow down the effects aging?
Fasting is another powerful tool.
For those who do not know what fasting is: Fasting is to eat in a certain period in a day. You can call it an eating window. The most common is the 16-8 hour approach. Not eating for 16 hours and eating for 8. There is also 18-6, 20-4 and 23-1.
On keto fasting is way easier due to the fact that your blood sugars are always regulated. When ever we eat carbs or sugars our blood sugar spike, after a while they come back down you will start feeling hungry again. By not eating for a while, you can start feeling nauseous.
This is where keto prevails above all. You will not get this feeling on keto because your body will feed of its own fat storage when you are fasting. You will of course feel some kind of hunger, but not the bad side effects like you would on a regular diet.
Fasting can even help with memory loss.
According to my research, Alzheimer’s disease takes about 15 years to develop. Alzheimer is also called type 3 diabetes.
I am going to try to not to be too technical in explaining how fasting helps with the prevention of memory loss and Alzheimer.
By being insulin resistant (diabetic) for many years will cause a plaque to build up between the synapses with is called Amyloid plaque. This will block blood to flow (fuel) between the synapse within your brain, which cause the connection to die. This loss of connection will ultimately lead to memory loss and then Alzheimer.
This Amyloid plaque is composed out of Autophagy folded proteins that can not leave the body. Autophagy is the answer.
autophagy is simply put, recycling of unwanted proteins and old damaged cells. Autophagy will target the Amyloid plaque to make new usable amino acids (protein).
By fasting longer than 16 hours will get your body into the state of Autophagy.
But if you are already very frail and slim you should add MCT oils to your diet. MCT oil will help your calorie intake and boost your ketones production. Ketones also boost Autophagy.
Ketones are the brains preferred fuel over glucose. Only people who are in ketosis can tell you what a difference it is on the brain. You can think better, clearer and just feel overall more alert and happy.
Exercise to help with mobility.
I have to throw exercise in here even though the topic is not about exercisng
By starting to exercise more, your blood circulation will improve and so will your mobility eventually.
By exercising you will also reduce or even stop muscle loss.
I would recommend starting by just walking a half an hour a day. Pool aerobics is also an awesome way to stay active and meet some new people in the process. Pool aerobics is in my opinion the best exercise method for acing joints, nobody weight required.
I know that keto is a very restrictive diet, but if you stick to it you will definitely see that the rewards are far greater than the effort.
Keto has been awesome for me and my family.
I do have to confess that I do eat non-keto foods once in a while, and why not?
As I always say to people ” Keto is a tool not my religion”.
I love the benefits that comes with being in ketosis, not actually the way of eating. I mean it is not bad, but like I said I in someway still am addicted to those carbs filled foods. Cravings will not go away, just Keto makes it easy to just say NO.
I really hope that this article helps you or a loved one. If you anyone struggling with the above mentioned diseases, please share this with them.
If there are other concerns and questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.