Most of us probably think that aging healthy is something you start addressing when you’re nearing retirement age and start to feel the effects of age. We will always maintain that it is never too late to start a healthy lifestyle, but there is a better way if you could turn back the clock. The aging process actually starts the day you were born, and the earlier you begin living that healthy lifestyle and forming good habits the easier your healthy aging process will be.
There are many things you can do to stay healthy and feel your best. Here are a few things that must be watched more closely as we age:
1. Cancer. This group of more than 100 different diseases takes place when abnormal cells grow out of control. Age can be an important factor in how cancer is treated, and much will depend on the cancer and how it has progressed, plus the wishes of the person affected. There are many known healthy influences such as proper diet and the elimination of toxins such as smoking that can cut down a person’s cancer risk. These should obviously be observed throughout life.
2. Heart Disease. This is the number one killer in America, and like cancer steps can be taken to reduce your risk. Diet and exercise are two of the most important factors that contribute to cardiovascular issues.
3. Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is now the most common form of dementia, and we are learning more about this terrible disease all the time. Some of the causes of having an increased risk for dementia are traumatic brain injury, diabetes and stress. Diet and exercise along with medications are known to help ease these problems, but early diagnoses can be greatly helpful, and those warning signs are often missed.
4. Sleep disorders. Sleep disorders, whether insomnia, sleep apnea or other sleep issues, can all rob elderly parents of needed sleep. Disruption in sleep patterns can lead to more problems than just making the elderly feel more fatigued. The relationship between exercise and sleep is an important one to understand.
5. Depression. Depression is a serious medical illness. It’s more than just feeling “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. It can be mild or so encompassing that it disables, and it can also be hard to recognize.
6. Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to break more easily and take longer to heal. As a result, even minor falls can land seniors in the hospital. Additional calcium and vitamin D, among several other medications are often used effectively, along with a healthy diet and exercise with its anabolic effect.
7. Arthritis. Arthritis is a painful condition that can strike the joints, of which there are 100 different forms. It can be immobilizing, and it comes in many forms. There is no true cure for the worst types of arthritis, but physical therapy and medications can help. Joint replacement surgery may be required in eroding forms of arthritis.
Most of the illnesses as we age can be arrested or slowed down with treatment if caught in the early stages. We all know the importance of getting regular medical checkups throughout life, but it becomes even more imperative as we get into the years when these conditions become more prevalent.
As we grow older, sleep becomes a bigger issue, and it has been established that aerobic Exercise and Sleep help each other. Along with Diet and Exercise, the issues that come up with aging can be dealt with much easier. Rich Carroll is a writer and health enthusiast living in London.
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