Baby Boomer Health Tips

WHO IS THE BABY BOOMER?

Baby boomers are the largest generation in American history. Born between 1946 and 1964, today 77 million Americans qualify as bona fide baby boomers. In addition to being the biggest, this generation is expected to live longer than any other generation in history — but not without their ailments. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Carleton University found that American baby boomers report more problems with their health than pre-baby boomers did in their fifties.

FEELING THE PAIN

According to a new study released by the Institutes of Medicine, the American health care system is completely unprepared for the aging baby boomers in terms of the healthcare workforce.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the baby boomers requiring healthcare will rise by 10 million persons over the next decade.

Dietary intervention has been shown to have a favorable impact on a variety of chronic diseases. Known for being a dietary staple in many Asian populations, soy may be one key to a healthy diet. Soy has been shown in many studies to reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases - including heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.

BOOSTING NUTRITION WITH SOY

Whether your patients are facing specific health concerns or are simply interested in maintaining optimal wellness, soyfoods are a nutritional powerhouse.

For an increasing number of aging consumers who are looking to add healthy foods to their diet, soyfoods are excellent choices. They are high in polyunsaturated fat, low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free.

In addition, the quality of soy protein is equal to that of animal protein. Also, soyfoods are rich in vitamins and minerals including folate and potassium and, in some cases, fiber. Soybeans are also one of the few good plant sources of essential omega-3 fatty acids. And, with a variety of forms such as soymilk, tofu, edamame (whole green soybeans), soy yogurt, soy nuts, and soy flour, it has never been easier to reap the health benefits of soy.

SUGGEST SOY TO YOUR PATIENTS

Make it practical: Your patients will love these quick tips for incorporating soyfoods into their diets.

Jump start the day with a boost of healthful protein

  • Soymilk is a soy protein-rich, cholesterol-free alternative when ordering a morning latte.
  • Many whole grain breakfast cereals contain heart-healthy soy protein. When paired with soymilk, these cereals are a simple way to boost breakfast nutrition.
  • It's easy to blend fortified soymilk with fresh fruit for a nutritious smoothie.

Snack Smarter

  • Soy-based crackers, chips and yogurt are healthy, portable options.
  • Soy nuts are available in a variety of flavors and offer the benefits of soy in a crunchy snack or salad topper.

Food Navigator: Baby Boomer Firms Must Target Different Groups Separately.

Heat and Eat

Patients don't need to be gourmet cooks to benefit from soy. Heart-healthy convenience foods include soy-based bacon, sausage, burgers and hot dogs. Downloadable Soy Shopping List