It is not so easy to define what aging is. Aging is a process of growing older and showing a progressive deterioration of bodily functions over a period of time. Ten percent of the world’s population comprises older persons, those aged 60 and beyond. The population of aging is the most significant emerging demographic phenomenon in the world. By 2050, the proportion of older persons is projected to rise to more than twenty percent, which is approximately 2 billion. Asia has the largest population of the world’s elderly of which India alone will contribute to 110 million.
Health problems among elderly people :
As the number of old age people raising it leads to social economics and health issues. The problems related to the digestive tract (anorexia, heart disease), dysphixia, flatulence, diarrhea, and chronic constipation were more common in male elderly people. Musculoskeletal problems are seen in females. Hypertension, coronary heart disease, strokes, problems related to sense organs, and endocrine systems are common in both the genders. During the aging process, the physiology of human changes considerably, which in turn affect the nutritional status of an individual. Common physical problems are disability, medication, induced anorexia, restrictive diets, gastrointestinal diseases, and metabolic disorders. Psychological issues such as living alone, lack of respect, depression may reduce nutrients intake, and deteriorate health. All these things lead to malnutrition-related diseases, so in order to overcome these people’s need affordable, indigenous food having balanced nutrients moreover, it should suit a physiological limitation of an individual.
Millets are a group of cereal crops, widely grown, cultivated in diverse and adverse environments. These are drought resistance can be grown in dry, semi-arid and sub-humid climate. This group includes millets like little, Kodo, common, pearl, foxtail millets, etc. Also, millets are naturally pest and disease resistance, so there is a lot of scope for organic agriculture. Millets contain a high amount of fiber and low in carbohydrates compare to other stable foods.
Millets are a good source of phytochemicals and micronutrients, rich in protein, high energy, a good source of phosphorus, iron, calcium, B vitamin and low in phytic acid. Consuming millets can reduce the risk of cardiac disorders and type two diabetes. Thus, millets are the source of a balanced diet.
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