How Aging Affects Digestion

As you age, your digestive muscles move slower. Your body makes less acid. Other things can hamper the digestive system, too. These include:

•  Increased use of medicines

•  Getting less exercise

•  Changes in eating habits

•  Dental problems

•  Loss of muscle tone and elasticity. This could be a factor in hiatal hernias and diverticulosis, which are common in persons as they get older.

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