Never Do This if You’re Over 60, Say Physicians Now — Eat This Not That

By Ghuman


As we age, our bodies change and our dietary needs change as well. Eating the wrong foods can have serious consequences for our health, especially if we are over 60. That’s why physicians now recommend that people over 60 “Eat This Not That” when it comes to their diet. In this article, we will discuss some of the foods that you should never eat if you are over 60, as well as some healthier alternatives. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you are getting the nutrition you need to stay healthy and active.

Never Do This if You’re Over 60, Say Physicians Now — Eat This Not That

If you’re over 60, you may be wondering what you should and shouldn’t be doing to stay healthy. According to physicians, there are certain activities and foods that you should avoid if you’re over 60. Here’s what you need to know.

Avoid High-Impact Exercise

High-impact exercise, such as running, jumping, and other activities that involve a lot of jarring motions, can be dangerous for those over 60. This is because the bones and joints become more fragile with age, and high-impact exercise can cause serious injuries. Instead, opt for low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and yoga.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Alcohol can be dangerous for those over 60, as it can interfere with medications and increase the risk of falls. It’s best to limit your alcohol intake to one or two drinks per day, and avoid drinking on an empty stomach.

Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthy foods is important for those over 60. Choose foods that are high in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, which are often high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. Eating a balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of chronic diseases.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but especially for those over 60. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body functioning properly. Avoid sugary drinks, such as soda and juice, which can be high in calories and sugar.

Get Regular Checkups

Getting regular checkups is important for those over 60. Make sure to visit your doctor for regular checkups and screenings, such as blood pressure and cholesterol tests. This can help you catch any potential health issues early and get the treatment you need.

By following these tips, you can stay healthy and active as you age. Remember to eat healthy foods, stay hydrated, and get regular checkups. Avoid high-impact exercise and limit your alcohol intake. With these simple steps, you can stay healthy and enjoy your golden years.

Aging is inevitable—but many aspects of how you age depend on maintaining good habits and eliminating the bad ones. “Why do we care about healthspan? Caring about extending the well period of one’s life should be intuitive – if one is past their healthspan, it means they are chronically sick, often with a degenerating condition,” says Tim Peterson, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. “Therefore, most people would agree that staying within their healthspan is desirable.” Here are five things you should never do over 60, according to experts. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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A growing body of research is linking artificial sweeteners to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke—health conditions which people over 60 are already at increased risk for. “The more data that comes out showing these adverse health effects, the less we’re going to want to encourage people to switch from added sugars to non-nutritive sweeteners,” says Dr. Katie Page, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Southern California. “We really need to encourage people to eat sugar in more moderation and try to decrease sugar consumption. And the way to do that isn’t to consume more non-nutritive sweeteners.”

Orthopedics doctor showing senior patient a slipped disk on a backbone model.

Maintaining good bone health is key to staying healthy and independent well into the senior years. “Focus on overall good nutrition and getting the right amounts of calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium,” says Deborah Sellmeyer, MD, medical director of the Metabolic Bone Center. “Include weight-bearing exercise into your routines.”

Woman in medical protective mask getting injection in arm vaccination.

People over 60 are especially prone to developing complications with COVID-19, but only 48.1% of eligible people have been boosted, according to the CDC. “The danger of not vaccinating, over the last couple of weeks, has significantly increased because the prevalence of the illness has gone up substantially,” says Kevin Dieckhaus, MD, chief of the division of infectious diseases at UConn Health.

older couple sleeping peacefully

“Children have a bedtime and parents (and grandparents!) work hard to ensure they are in bed on time and get the sleep they need every night,” says Belinda Setters, MD, MS, AGSF, FACP. “But most of us don’t think about how much sleep we get or need as we grow older. And yet, sleep is just as critical to our health as we age. Getting significantly more or less sleep than needed can be associated with health issues including high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, and depression. But sleeping too little or too much may also be a sign of an undiagnosed problem such as a breathing disorder like sleep apnea, depression or anxiety, prostate disease, etc. If you have concerns about sleeping more than 9 hours nightly or not getting enough sleep (less than 6 hours), you should contact your healthcare provider to discuss your individual health needs.”

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Eating a healthy, nutritious diet is crucial for healthy aging. “Studies show people who closely follow a Mediterranean diet are less likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than people who don’t follow the diet,” says Donn Dexter, MD. “Further research is needed to determine which parts of the diet have the biggest impact on your brain function. However, we do know that omega fatty acids found in extra-virgin olive oil and other healthy fats are vital for your cells to function correctly, appears to decrease your risk of coronary artery disease, and increases mental focus and slow cognitive decline in older adults.”


Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Ferozan Mast

Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more about Ferozan