Doctors Talk: Taking Charge of Yourself to Ensure Healthy Aging

Food and Healthcare Press Releases Friday November 2, 2018 10:41
Bangkok--2 Nov--Francom Asia

According to the research completed by Chulalongkorn University, College of Population Studies, by 2021, senior citizens (those over 60) will account for 13.8 million or 20% of Thai population, which categorizes us as an "aged society." The government has been putting forward some measures on how to manage our aged society, but because of more pressing problems, the future of our elders is far from being secure.

A number of health conditions and diseases are associated with aging, and the most common ones include bone and joint disorders, digestive problems, eye and vision problems, as well as cardiovascular diseases. It is important to understand the challenges and recognize the preventive measures that can prepare us for healthy aging.

Are Thais prepared for healthy aging?

In the most recent Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific survey on healthy aging, 5,510 respondents from 11 countries aged 40+, including 502 from Thailand, were asked the question, "What does healthy aging mean to you?" For 74% of Thai respondents, healthy aging means "not being a burden to my family as I age," while people in most countries answered "being physically active as I age". It is therefore interesting to note that Thais have a different perception of healthy aging and consequently, a different set of priorities.

Like most of the people in neighboring countries, 98 percent of Thais agrees that they can take active steps to put themselves on a path to healthy aging. For the majority (60 %), however, the right age to start taking active steps toward healthy aging is between 40 and 50 years old, which is lower than the region's average. Healthcare professionals worldwide tend to encourage people to start preparing for healthy aging when they reach 40, because it is a milestone when the risk of many health conditions increases .

Taking charge
Here are three key steps for staying healthy and happy as you age:
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet

Proper nutrition including supplements can help prevent most ailments. Calcium can help strengthen bones and joints to lessen the risk of breaking something from a fall later on. To keep the digestive system healthy, a balanced diet can be supplemented with fiber and probiotics.

Our eyesight also starts to suffer as we get older, so keep it healthy by having regular eye checks ups and take nutrients such as lutein, which is found in sweet corn, pumpkin, carrot and egg yolks.

Build up the cardiovascular system by eating a heart-healthy diet, staying active and maintaining your weight. Choose supplements that can support the healthy function of the heart, blood vessels and others. Most of all, managing stress levels may be one of the best things you can do to protect your heart.

  • Exercise regularly

Most Thai respondents in the survey said that they "do not want to be a burden to their families as they age". Engaging in physical activities and exercising regularly is one of the best ways to avoid becoming dependent on others. Regular exercise helps to maintain bone density and muscle mass, which can help retain strength, flexibility and posture later on.

  • Take part in mentally stimulating activities

Exercise the mind to keep it active. Look for brain-stimulating activities such as problem-solving games, reading, art, and even meditation, to keep your mind sharp. It may reduce the risk of developing memory and thinking problems later in life.

Investing in a healthy lifestyle will certainly pay off. We are fortunate in Thailand to have a good social support system. For healthy aging, it is also important to have supportive and nurturing family members and friends around you because having them enables seniors to live happier and healthier, and to stay actively engaged in the community for a longer time.

LIKE us on Facebook for more nutrition and healthy active lifestyle tips at
and be inspired by

Latest Press Release

The Menarini Group Announces Meropenem/vaborbactam European Marketing Authorization

- Meropenem/vaborbactam approved on 20th November 2018 by the European Commission for clinical use in adult patients with difficult-to-treat infections - The first combination of a carbapenem and a beta-lactamase inhibitor approved for clinical use in...

Merck Announces FDA Orphan Drug Designation for Bifunctional Immunotherapy M7824 in Biliary Tract Cancer

- FDA grants M7824, an investigational bifunctional immunotherapy, orphan drug designation in biliary tract cancer - First regulatory designation for M7824 following recent presentation of first clinical data in BTC - BTC is a group of rare, aggressive...

Merck in Agreement With Cyclica for AI-augmented Screening Platform to Expand Research Capabilities

- Agreement to screen discovery and early development compounds using artificial intelligence and computational biophysics - Cloud-based in silico platform that screens small molecules to determine polypharmacological profiles - Evaluation to include...

Vitality-linked Insurers to Get 100 million People 20% More Active by 2025

Building on the results of the largest behaviour change study on physical activity, Vitality and its global network of insurers have collectively committed to improving the health of millions over the next seven years. This is in line with the World...

World Congress of Cardiology Cardiovascular Health 2018 Opens in Dubai

- Professor David Wood, President of the World Heart Federation, welcomes more than 5000 cardiologists, doctors, nurses, and health and policy experts from around the world to Dubai for WCC 2018 at a time when the opportunities for a sustainable impact...

Related Topics