When we are young, we often don’t think about the possibility of impending health problems. While our bodies are fit and healthy, it can sometimes seem like any potential issues to do with our health are so far away they’re not even worth thinking about. In reality, some of these ailments might present themselves to you sooner than you think. That does not mean to say you need to be constantly worried about ageing prematurely, or that every change you feel in your body is a symptom of something serious. But it can be worth being aware of the kind of conditions you or your friends and family could end up contracting as a result of getting older . Here are some of the most common ones, along with ways to treat them and still live a normal and fulfilling life.
You probably hear stories about elderly people who fall and easily break their bones. This is largely due to a condition known as osteoporosis, which develops slowly over a number of years. It mainly affects seniors as bone density naturally deteriorates over time anyway, but some of us are more prone to it than others. Plus, if you do not take care of your bones, you could also develop osteoporosis at a much younger age too. Undertaking regular exercise, eating a healthy diet and cutting down on smoking and alcohol are all ways to make sure your bones stay as strong as possible for as long as possible.
Another condition that is widely associated with ageing is arthritis. However, like osteoporosis, it can affect younger people too – even children, in some rare cases. Arthritis is essentially pain in the joints caused by damaged cartilage, or missing cartilage. There are two different strains of the condition: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Treatments vary depending on the severity of the condition and the patient in question, but generally painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, surgery and physiotherapy can all be used to help ease the symptoms. You may also want to look into various alternative at-home remedies to run alongside your treatment, but always consult with your doctor first.
Heart disease, otherwise known as cardiovascular disease, is the leading cause of death in the US alone. It is more apparent in older people, but actually, the lifestyle choices you make right from a young age can directly affect whether you get it or not. Visit your doctor for regular tests throughout your life, even just for general check ups. Leading causes of cardiovascular diseases (of which there are many) include being overweight, smoking, and drinking too much alcohol. Consuming too much processed and sugary food can also weaken the heart and cause high blood pressure, even if you don’t physically appear to be overweight. If your blood pressure is too high, your doctor may prescribe you tablets to help lower it, or encourage you to make changes to your lifestyle. Take the time to look after yourself and you may find that you avoid many of these conditions and you are able to live a rich life well into your senior years.