Have you been putting off that check-up? If you know things aren’t quite right then it’s time to take your courage in your hands and go for your annual medical.
Far from being a terrifying experience, most medical professionals work hard to put you at ease. Besides, you and your health are worth it.
As we age we should expect to see some wear and tear on our body, it’s entirely natural and there’s plenty we can do to slow down and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this process.
If you’re over 50, here are some of the more common ailments you might recognize and some tips on how to deal with them.
Higher Blood Pressure
As we age our body’s blood carrying system comes under greater stress and this can go some way to increasing our blood pressure. Common sense is the best cure for this issue. Eating a diet that doesn’t impact your weight negatively, getting regular exercise and finding effective ways to deal with stress and anxiety will all help.
Mental Health Issues
Mental illness is not a second-class citizen, pay attention to how you are feeling and what’s going on in your life that might be making you feel less than great. Age is no guard against depression, stress and anxiety. Chances are you’re still working in some capacity, so if your working life is causing you to feel anxious it’s time to make some changes.
Take time to talk, to set up a therapy appointment if needed and at the very least let friends and family know you’re struggling. It’s not a path you need to walk alone.
Along with your hearing, our eyesight is probably one of the things we notice changes in. Not all eye problems are related to advancing age, diseases such as Keratoconus, or a changing in shape of the cornea part of the eye, is diagnosed most often in young adults and teenagers. But there are eye diseases that are largely associated with older people and if you have noticed any loss of vision, flashing or moving shapes in your line of sight, then don’t delay in getting a check-up.
It’s well reported that obesity is on the rise in the developed world but often this problem is exacerbated as we become less mobile. Carrying extra weight in your body has the knock-on effect of putting more pressure on your internal organs and your skeletal frame that supports you. Talk to your doctor about a change in lifestyle that will suit you and become a natural part of your routine. Avoid crash dieting and fad diets. Though they promise almost immediate results, they are hard to maintain and studies show crash dieters almost always regain far more over time than they lost.
With today’s increasingly effective treatments our everyday common ailments can be treated effectively and swiftly. Get a once over and show yourself and your loved ones that you’re fighting fit.