Six Health Problems Relating To Diet
In the United States at least six health conditions have been linked to diet.
- First: Iron deficiency anemia can occur at any age. During infancy, it can be prevented by using iron-fortified formula and introducing iron-fortified cereal by 6 months of age. After infancy, one portion of red meat, fish or poultry per day can prevent it.
- Second: Obesity is one of our most common nutritional problems. Keep in mind that fat contains twice as many calories per portion as an equal amount of sugar or protein. By cutting back on fatty foods, you can make a big dent in your total calories. One caution, however, children until 2 years of age should not be on a low-fat diet because fat is needed for rapid brain growth.
- Third: Tooth decay is accentuated by the intake of sticky sugars, as well as poor tooth brushing habits.
- Fourth: Constipation can be caused by a low fiber intake. So can appendicitis and gall stones. The best sources of fiber come from grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Fifth: Coronary artery disease is worsened by a high intake of animal fats, namely cholesterol and saturated fats.
- Sixth: High blood pressure has been associated with an increased salt intake, but only in susceptible individuals. Salt in moderation is fine for most people.
In summary, healthy diets build healthy lives. If you have other questions about a healthy diet, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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