As we get older, our bodies start to slow down while simultaneously causing us to have issues sneak up out of nowhere. Today I am discussing 4 common health problems for over 50s, and what to keep an eye on.
This means not only can we struggle to do the things we have always loved to do to the fullest extent, but there are also some things we need to be aware of as we age.
There are many age-related illnesses, which of course, are not guaranteed just because we are ageing. But are something that we should keep an eye out for so we can remain in optimum health.
So, if you want to carry on living like you are in your twenties, despite the tweak in your back and the unavoidable afternoon nap, then read this piece to find out what to keep a lookout for!
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can become an issue as we get older because our blood vessels become less flexible. This ends up putting more pressure on our bodies as it carries our blood around.
It affects one in four adults in England! An average of 75% of men who are over 55 suffer from hypertension.
There are steps you can take to lessen the chance of developing high blood pressure. Or at least help to reduce it.
These include exercising (and maintaining a healthy weight). Also quitting smoking, and finding healthy coping mechanisms to deal with daily stress. These factors can all contribute to high blood pressure.
Perhaps A Less Talked About Health Problem For Over 50s Is Low Testosterone
Low testosterone affects around 40% of men over 45 and older. This might not appear as common as other conditions, but it is also extremely underdiagnosed. This is why it deserves a spot on the list.
It can be caused by a variety of issues, and age is definitely one of them. However, while we can’t slow down time, low testosterone issues can be treated pretty efficiently and simply!
If you are concerned about low testosterone and are experiencing low sexual libido, erection problems, fatigue, or mood problems, be sure to see a doctor as soon as you can.
Diabetes In The Over 50s
Diabetes is another common medical condition that can be linked to age. It can also cause significant damage if left untreated.
As we age, we start to develop an increased insulin resistance caused by sarcopenia (the loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength), obesity, and physical inactivity.
Type 2 diabetes can cause health problems such as fatigue, excessive thirst, and bathroom use but can also affect your heart, eyes, and nerves.
By moving more and keeping an eye on our weight to make sure it is within a healthy range, we can help prevent type 2 diabetes from creeping up on us as we get older.
Health Problems Like Obesity Are Common For Over 50s
As we age, our metabolism slows down, and our ability to preserve and build muscle mass slowly decreases.
This means not only is it not enough to do what we are usually used to, to keep the weight off, but it takes more of an active effort to stay within the healthy weight range.
As you get older, be sure to reassess your lifestyle to make sure it can complement your health!