9 Most Common Health Problems among Seniors
Getting older usually means having to deal with several health issues and not being able to fully enjoy all the things we did when we were younger. Eating a healthy diet certainly contributes to staying healthy and controlling chronic conditions, as do physical activity and making healthy lifestyle choices such as not drinking excessively, not smoking, etc. But as we get older, the risk of age-related chronic diseases becomes higher, and if we don’t take good care about our health and make poor lifestyle choices, the risk for some of them increases. On the other hand, according to Jeanne Wei, MD, director of Reynolds Institute of Aging at the University of Arkansas Medical School in Little Rock, living a healthy life in your adulthood can lower the risks of many diseases, while doing the same in the old age can help you feel better and much healthier even if you have a chronic disease. Here are the most common health problems among seniors.
1. Heart disease
According to the most recent statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death of people over the age of 65. More than 450 thousand people in the U.S. die of this condition which affects more men than women – 37% men and 26% women according to the report from 2012 released by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.
As people are inevitably getting older, they live with increasing risk factors for heart disease, the most common ones being high blood pressure and high cholesterol which commonly lead to stroke or heart disease. However, heart disease doesn’t necessarily have to affect seniors, as living a healthy lifestyle (exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, avoiding stress and sleeping well) has a great impact on people’s health and significantly lowers the risks of disease.