Decreasing COVID-19 risk factors for older adults by using digital technology to implement a plant-based-diet: An opinion

Heidi Lynn Benavides, Christiane Lumachi Meireles, Viola Benavente, Mary Helen Mays, Jing Wang

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Abstract

A disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases affect older, minority populations. Obese older adults are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 complications and lower survival rates, and minority older adults often experience higher rates of obesity. A plant-based diet intervention may improve COVID-19-related modifiable risk factors for obesity. Encouraging the consumption of plant-based diets comprising vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts by utilizing community outreach strategies and digital technology can contribute to improving COVID-19 risk factors among this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere25327
JournalJMIR Aging
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Digital technology
  • Eating patterns
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Mediterranean diet
  • Obesity
  • Older adult
  • Pandemic
  • Plant-based diet
  • Racial disparities; aging
  • Telehealth
  • Whole foods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Health Informatics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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