As we get older, we hopefully get wiser. As such, we should also become smarter about the reality of age and its effects on our bodies. Even if you still feel pretty good in your 40s, 50s, or 60s, be aware of the following medical problems you should watch out for as you age.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can affect almost anyone, even younger people. High blood pressure occurs when the blood is pumping too quickly and powerfully through your system, putting extra, yes, pressure, on the walls of your circulatory system. High blood pressure can lead to strokes, heart disease, heart attacks, and even heart failure. Unfortunately, your circulatory system ages along with you, and factors that increase your blood pressure can lead to the above issues. Stay active, avoid salt and processed foods, don’t smoke, and don’t abuse alcohol to keep your system pumping.
When discussing medical problems you should watch out for as you age, we can’t overlook arthritis. Arthritis comes in several forms but tends to manifest itself as stiffness every morning, as well as noticeable swelling in the joints. Sometimes this is accompanied by a tingling sensation or even numbness. Arthritis can’t be cured, per se, but its symptoms can be alleviated through exercise, stretching, proper posture while sitting and standing, and over the counter medications. If arthritis pain becomes prolonged or intense, talk to your doctor.
Osteoporosis occurs when the density and mass of your bones decreases, leaving your bones weaker and more likely to fracture. Also referred to as “thinning bones,” osteoporosis can be caused by aging as well as smoking, certain medications, and deficiencies in one’s diet. Women are particularly prone to osteoporosis owing to body weight, menopause, and low hormones. Often, osteoporosis can be fought through an increase in one’s vitamin D and calcium intake as well as physical fitness and medications.
Vision and Hearing Loss
Everything eventually wears out, but two of the more noticeable physical changes that occur with age are loss of hearing and visual acuity. It’s natural to lose the ability to distinctly hear in the higher ranges of sound or see shapes and symbols clearly in the distance, but if this begins to interfere with the quality of one’s life, it’s worth looking into. Naturally, hearing aids and more powerful prescription lenses can help, but talk to your doctor about other treatments as well. Often, hearing and vision loss can cause social isolation and eventually depression and mental deterioration. Watch (and listen) for the symptoms!
Christina Duron is a writer living in the Chicagoland area. Her passion for writing and health helps create thought-provoking and engaging pieces and hopes to use them to empower readers to play a more active role in their personal healthcare journey.