Older woman clutching chest.

Hidden Disease Affects 44% of Seniors

When it comes to your health, there are no cookie-cutter solutions.

Because despite how mainstream medicine behaves, healthcare should NOT be a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

Which means, a lot of times, you’re the one left having to do the research and watch for signs of disease… especially when those signs are extremely subtle.

Today, I’m going to tell you about a hidden disease that affects 44 percent of seniors.

And it’s one that, too often, gets missed.

Up to 44 percent of seniors are anemic… and it just seems to be getting worse.

Anemia is the technical term for iron deficiency. When your body doesn’t have enough iron, it has a difficult time making red blood cells.

This is obviously a problem because red blood cells are vital for carrying oxygen throughout your body.

People who aren’t getting enough oxygen feel tired, look pale,  and can be dizzy or weak. Being anemic also puts you at a much higher risk for diseases like heart failure.

Using a large database, a group of researchers from the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute found that iron intake has dropped 6.6 percent in men and 9.5 percent in women over the last twenty years.

While anemia has always been a health issue, it’s becoming more prevalent because people are avoiding red meats.

A 2019 study published in Annals of Internal Medicine destroyed the myth of red meat being harmful… but it wasn’t enough. Many folks still shun red meat.

Another contributor to the rising cases of anemia is that the iron in our food is also dropping, due to farming practice changes and nutrient-deficient soil.

It’s a chicken-and-the-egg problem… our food is lacking iron, and we’re not eating enough iron-rich foods to begin with.

If you’re concerned about anemia, request a blood test from your doctor. If your levels are low enough, you may need to supplement.

Most people avoid taking an iron supplement because they’ve heard it can be constipating. But to solve that problem, just pick the right kind of iron.

The best iron to take is one that’s bound to protein, like this one. Avoid iron like ferrous sulfate or ferrous oxide.

And to truly double down on fighting anemia, make sure you get enough vitamin C as well because it can help you absorb iron. Aim for up to 1,000mg daily.

SIGNOFF

P.S. Did you know that getting enough iron could also help you fight muscle loss? Find out everything you need to know to stay strong and fit, right here.

 

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

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