Experts react to the growing use of probiotics by older adults. Could it be the newest boon to elder intestinal health?
The number of older Americans is expected to reach 71 million, or roughly 20% of the U.S. population, by 2030 according to The State of Aging and Health in America 2007 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Merck Company Foundation. And while the third age may represent golden years for some older adults, the fact remains that with aging comes an increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, decreased gastrointestinal function, and increased antibiotic use that can lead to diarrhea and other intestinal ailments.
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