Is there any truth that aging and disease go hand in hand?
Unfortunately the answer to this question is yes, and there are some diseases that as we all age, should be concerned about.
Older is getting better is much more than just a saying, it is a fact. We are much wiser than we used to be, and a lot more experienced.
However, we still need to be realistic in the fact that as we age our bodies are not quite the same as they used to be.
All of us are slowing down in some way, and others more than some.
The list of aging and disease will be in two parts and here is the first list.
First of the list of aging and disease is obesity.
It is estimated that about 75% of us over the age of 60 are overweight. The reason for this is very simple; our metabolism has slowed down.
We have been able to eat and drink things our entire life that have had no real effect on us, but as we get older, that is all starting to change.
One of the worst things we can do as we enter our Golden years is continue the sugar intake like we once did. In fact, processed sugar is one of the worst things for us as we get older.
Once we pass 60, the recommend daily intake of added processed sugar is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women. One can of soda alone contains 6 teaspoons so we need to be very, very careful
Metabolic syndrome is next on the list of aging and disease and is getting a lot of attention.
It by itself is not a condition; instead it is a combination or cluster of conditions.
It includes high blood sugar, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, as well as excess body fat around our waists.
Having one of these conditions is quite normal as we age, but two or more are real warning signs that we need to take seriously.
Combined they can lead to several more age and disease related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, several types of heart issues, as well as colon and breast cancer.
If your waist is more than 40 inches in measurement as a man, or 35 inches for women, you are a prime candidate for metabolic syndrome.
Next on the list is both arthritis and osteoarthritis.
It is estimated that nearly 50% of all of us over 60 years of age have arthritis, and about 35% have or are developing osteoarthritis.
All those injuries or bumps we easily shook off in our younger years are starting to get their revenge now. Our knees, ankles, elbows, and wrists are the most likely targets.
However, being overweight or developing metabolic syndrome fuels it even more.
Osteoarthritis is even worse, as it is caused by a lower bone mass. This makes it much easier for us to injure our bones, fracture them, or worse yet break them.
It is also what causes most of the falls as we get into our 70’s and 80’s.
Cancer is without a doubt the most serious of the aging and disease concerns, and this includes all of the following.
If you are a women in our age group that last thing you want to do is not get a regular or bi-yearly gynecological exam.
My wife’s twin sister died of cervical cancer and she has a gynecological exam twice each year just to double check and for peace of mind.
Prostate cancer is one of the leading killers of men in or age group, and increases each year that we age.
The next list of aging and disease includes the following concerns.
Leading this list of aging and disease is cardiovascular issues and we all need to be aware of a couple of facts. It is estimated that 35% of men and women 45-54 years old have some form.
Wow, if the numbers are that high in this age group, what is it in our age group. However, the same study suggests that we can slow CVD by 80% by doing some basic things.
The first is to quit smoking if you smoke, do not drink alcohol in excess, exercise regularly even if it is only walking, and eating the right kind of diet.
This diet should include low fat and high fiber foods, as they help lower the risk of any type of heart problems.
At our age, both our hearing and vision is really started to diminish and it is estimated that over 120 million adults over 40 years old are affected.
However, as we age and pass the 60 mark, these numbers grow even more. The first lines of prevention for these conditions are regular eye exams and hearing tests.
The final of the age and disease topics is mental health.
This can include the following:
There are a couple of earlier articles on this website covering memory related issues, for one very strong and simple reason; it is the most misdiagnosed disease in all seniors.
I have seen it first hand and seen what changing the diet and then supplementing properly can do for sun downing, anxiety, and depression.
Vitamin deficiency is very common as we age, especially with B12 and vitamin D for a couple of reasons; our bodies do not absorb them like we used to and we do not supplement enough.
Before you throw the ball in on a loved one or yourself with any type of memory issue, have your levels checked for these two key nutrients.
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