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Healthy Aging | 07/24/18
Medication usage amongst the senior community is prominent, in fact, more than one-third of prescription drugs used in the U.S. are taken by older adults. On average, a senior takes more than five prescription medications regularly. Properly taking your medications is all a part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and doctors tend to do a great job of notifying their patients of what drugs should not be mixed. However, there are some common food and drug interactions to be aware of, too, to stay safe and healthy.
So, what happens when certain foods and drugs come into contact with each other? Well, specific enzymes in the body break down and metabolize drugs, but when mixed with certain foods, those enzyme levels can be raised or lowered. This, in turn, can render the medication ineffective, or conversely, their effects can be unintentionally increased. While this is not a comprehensive list of interactions, it should be a good starting point for reviewing and revising your daily diet.
Certain food or drug combinations can be surprising, and you might not know that what you’re eating regularly may be affecting your medications. Here is a list of common food and drug interactions to watch out for:
All of these drug interactions can be a lot to remember, therefore to properly manage your medication and diet it is recommended to create a list. You and your doctor can draft a list of prohibited foods to ensure your health and well-being. This list can then be posted on your refrigerator or written down in a notebook so you can take it with you wherever you go.
Medication management is very important to health. Schedule an appointment with your doctor today, so you can take the appropriate measures to continue your happy and healthy life.
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