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Digestive Disorders in Parents and How to Prevent Them
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Digestive Disorders in Parents and How to Prevent Them

Aging can affect all functions of the human digestive system, and increase the risk of developing digestive disorders. Common digestive disorders associated with old age include:

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea 

  • Fecal incontinence, and

  • Irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Singapore Health Promotion Board advises to maintain good digestive health by consuming adequate dietary fibre daily1.

 

20g for women 

26g for men 

 

You may want to refer to my earlier blog on the importance of dietary fibre. In addition to dietary fibre and a balanced diet, what can the older adults consume to promote good digestive health? Are there bioactives able to promote digestive health in older adults?

 

Earlier, I blogged on the orange polyphenols), prebiotics, and probiotics

 

They are bioactives that are scientifically proven to protect the human digestive tract against common digestive disorders. Older adults should begin consuming these gastroprotective bioactives on a regular basis to protect their digestive health. 



1. https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/1049/more-fibre-for-a-fit-and-fabulous-you

Posted by Dr. Loke Wai Mun

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