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Nutrient inadequacy is associated with increased risk for a variety of chronic diseases, especially when combined with obesity. Therefore, maintaining adequate nutrition status is important to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, many of which are age-related. However, whether achieving optimal status may also help delay premature ageing and support healthy ageing remains to be investigated.
New findings and approaches which are used to assess the impact and benefit of nutrition providing an optimal nutrient status for a healthy life and healthy ageing six examples are further discussed:
• Improving mobility by counteracting muscle and bone loss.
• Supporting eye health via maintaining macular optical pigment density.
• Maintaining heart and vascular health via blood pressure and triglyceride management.
• Blood glucose management.
• Counteracting cognitive decline.
• Strengthening the immune system to reduce risk for respiratory tract infections.