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If You're Over 65, Never Eat This Kind of Cheese, Says Mayo Clinic

Best Life Logo By Lauren Gray of Best Life | Slide 2 of 5: Older adults, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as those over 65, have a higher risk of food poisoning. The health authority explains that this is because "as people age, their immune systems and organs don't recognize and get rid of harmful germs as well as they once did." This leaves seniors vulnerable to serious foodborne illnesses, including infections caused by Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. To make matters worse, the CDC says that roughly half of seniors with confirmed foodborne illnesses are hospitalized. For this reason, those over 65 should practice enhanced food safety precautions to offset their heightened risk.RELATED: If You're Over 65, Never Eat These 4 Foods, CDC Warns.

If you're over 65, you're at higher risk of food poisoning.

Older adults, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as those over 65, have a higher risk of food poisoning. The health authority explains that this is because "as people age, their immune systems and organs don't recognize and get rid of harmful germs as well as they once did." This leaves seniors vulnerable to serious foodborne illnesses, including infections caused by Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. To make matters worse, the CDC says that roughly half of seniors with confirmed foodborne illnesses are hospitalized. For this reason, those over 65 should practice enhanced food safety precautions to offset their heightened risk.

RELATED: If You're Over 65, Never Eat These 4 Foods, CDC Warns.

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