As we dug into the subject we found 10 prominent health problems for seniors.
We created a brief list of all ten, along with information on each health factor.
Health issues and problems for seniors can be a challenge.
This is not intended to be a diagnosis or recommendation. We simply wish to list the ten most prevalent health problems seniors face. As always, consult your doctor for a professional opinion and suggestions for healthy living.
Obesity is on top of nearly every list. Reports say that three of every four seniors are overweight.
The health risks associated with obesity include the risks of diabetes, cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, cancer risks including colon cancer and breast cancer.
While this is not an exhaustive list, it does show the importance of weight control for seniors.
There is a condition known as Metabolic Syndrome. If you are not aware of it, you’re in good company. What’s interesting is that nearly half of those overweight or obese are at risk.
The the condition includes these risk factors
- high blood pressure
- high triglycerides
- high blood sugar
- low HDL cholesterol
- belly fat
As you might expect, the best treatment includes diet and exercise.
Speaking of exercise, reports still recommend that belly fat in aging men and increased hip/waist sizes in postmenopausal women is best treated with exercise.
Still the leading cause of disability. Arthritis effects half of all citizens over sixty. Sports injuries, long arduous carers and just ordinary life activities take their toll.
With a handful of pain relief options available, the best solution is exercise to stay limber and stop activities when the pain arrives. Read our article here
Cardiovascular disease is the disease of the heart and blood vessels. It is reported to be the leading cause of death in the United States.
Aging adults grow in risk as they age. Cardiovascular disease include the following:
- Coronary heart disease
- arrhythmia, heart failure
- orthostatic hypotension
- congenital heart disease
If you want to reduce your risks by as much as 80%, adapt a healthy lifestyle. That, as we have discussed, includes a healthy diet and exercise.
Our risk of cancer increases as we age.
Women seemed to experience a higher risk of endometrial cancer and men have higher risks of prostate cancer. Some reports show that nearly all men will have the disease if they live long enough.
While the need to stop smoking extends to nearly every risk factor, it is doubly true when addressing cancer risks. When we consider breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer, the number who die from lung cancer exceeds them all, combined.
The deterioration of bone mass is the root of osteoporosis. It is normal but appears more often in women. HealthyLivingAfter60.com has written about the link between the decease and calcium. Calcium of course it vital in bone health.
Our article on vitamin D and the role it plays to calcium absorption can bee seen here. Healthy living and vitamin D.
With weak or brittle bones comes the increased risk of injury due to falls. Some reports say that nearly 30% of senior adults will suffer a fall in any given year.
Body weight can also be a factor. Reports indicate that reducing weight by just 11 pounds, reduces the risk of osteoporosis by nearly fifty percent.
By the time you arrive at senior status, you either have good teeth or you don’t.
What’s exciting for those who do not, is that with improvement is dental care, there are options.
With the now popular dental implants and other technology, seniors are keeping their teeth and finding the gaps can be filled. Literally.
Dental hygiene is no different as a senior then it was as a toddler. Brush often, floss regularly and see your dentist a couple of times a year for checkups and cleaning.
While the need to wear glasses is a part of this health risk, it is not the major factor.
By the time most of us get 60 and beyond, we are already wearing prescription lenses. At the very least we use ‘cheaters’ for reading.
The more significant risks include:
- macular degeneration
- diabetic retinopathy
Each are diseases and require special treatment. Without attention they can lead to total loss of vision.
While a cure for macular degeneration is not known, reports suggest that diet and supplements may be beneficial. Foods with high antioxidants show the most benefit.
Regular eye exams are important. Consult your doctor as to the proper treatment of any disease.
No one wants to lose their hearing. Nearly 43% of those with hearing deficiencies are 65 or older.
The risk continues to grow as we age. It is believed that hearing loss can lead to depression in some people. Withdrawal from social activities is often the result.
Hearing aids are an option but not without their drawbacks. Only about twenty-five percent of patients benefit from hearing aids.
If you are considering hearing aids, know that in this writer’s experience, it is a costly adventure. Get plenty of opinions before you drop what could be $3,000.
Generally, hearing loss is a result of lifelong exposure to high frequency noise or very loud industrial sounds.
Some experts report that earbuds, bluetooth or other devices designed to be placed into the ear put you at a higher risk of hearing loss.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com has the opinion that if you’re already a senior with poor hearing, ear buds and a bluetooth are not likely to make things worse.
A bluetooth along with your cell phone may actually help in hearing your caller.
The natural reaction to this health risk is the obvious. Alzheimer’s Disease. It is what most people think of when memory seems short.
While a horrible and difficult disease, it is not the most prevalent.
Forgetting is not the inescapable fate of life so many believe. Experts believe that things like stress aid in memory issues.
One expert recommended not doing so much. Multitasking is not normal. The brain functions better doing one task at a time.
The use of alcohol and smoking will have an effect on the brain. It’s a blood and oxygen issue and it hinders brain function.
Guess what? Diet and exercise are a part of having a healthy active brain.
Some say that working mind games like crosswords and Sudoku puzzles keeps the brain functioning better.
A part of memory also has to do with prescriptions.
It’s important that you manage your prescriptions. There are a number of methods to keep track of what you’ve taken and what you need to take.
Consult with your doctor for advice, warnings, and risks of memory issues and medication. Remember, it can be just as risky to over medicate as it is to forget all together.
One part of aging that remains unpopular to discuss is dying.
Whether it is the knowledge of your inevitable death, or the loss of a loved one, seniors grasp the concept that death is real.
Most seniors think about it far more than they are willing to talk about it. Dying is a natural part of our life cycle.
To prepare, is not always something we do. Beyond the legal issues of will and final requests, there is the spiritual dimension to dying.
Whatever your personal faith might be, be certain that you address what you should.
To prepare for that day needs to be addressed. Death comes to all of us. To be ready is a part of the natural order of life.
10 Important Issues Relating To Health Problems For Seniors.
Not everyone will experience them all, but most know a thing or two about some if not most.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com wants our readers to understand the health problems of seniors and perhaps, in some small way, help to improve the health and lifestyle of our readers.
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