Health Problems After Age 50, Memo To Senior Citizens
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Health Problems After Age 50, Memo To Senior Citizens

Aug 17 2017

Health Problems After Age 50, Memo To Senior Citizens

Aging brings with it health issues. Studies show that 9 in 10 adults develop a chronic disease and 8 in 10 seniors have more than one. Here are several recommendations to stay healthy, active, and vibrant.

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Health Issue-High Blood Pressure

2 in 3 seniors over the age of 60 display high blood pressure. Left untreated, it can result in heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Combat it by eating healthy, exercising, stop smoking, and avoid stress.

 

Health Issue-Diabetes

The number of seniors with diabetes has doubled since 1980.  According to the CDC, this is now at epidemic stage. Diabetes leads to heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness. Incorporate a daily diet and exercise regimen.

 

Heart Disease

Heart disease rates in ages 50 and up are five times greater compared to the under 50 years old age groups. Poor nutrition foods, lack of exercise, and high stress are several contributing factors. Reversing each one of these behavioral deficits is paramount.

 

Obesity

Research shows obesity directly causes heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and arthritis in age group 50 and older. Lifestyle and diet modifications are essential to prevent this chronic disease.

 

Osteoarthritis

is  the wear and tear of joints.  Overweight and lack of physical activity are major contributors.

 

Osteoporosis

50% of women and 25% of men over age 50, break bones because they’ve lost too much bone mass. Reverse this with a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D  and regular weight training exercises such as dancing, jogging, and climbing stairs.

 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

has reached almost epidemic proportions among seniors age 50 and up. Lungs are inflamed and constricted. This blocks air from your lungs. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding smoke and pollution helps.

 

Cancer

Cancer rates double starting at age 45. Smoking, diet, and lack of exercise are significant contributing factors.

 

Back Pain

Chronic back pain increases with age. Obesity, smoking, and lack of exercise are contributing factors. Control your weight, exercise, and increase your vitamin D and calcium levels to maintain strong bones.

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Barry G
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Barry graduated from City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology.

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