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4 Health Conditions You Need to Watch for as You Age

Senior couple using hula hoops in a park

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While you may be someone who exercises daily and tries to eat a healthy diet, all of this may not be able to completely protect you from certain conditions as you age. While some of these conditions may be relatively minor and be easily treated and managed, others may be quite serious and potentially life-threatening. As the U.S. population continues to get older, it is even more important you do all you can to stay in great shape. If you are wondering which conditions to watch for as you age, here are four that find their way into many people’s lives.

Osteoporosis

As you age, so do your bones. However, your body can absorb old bone tissue faster than it can regenerate new tissue, meaning your bones can become thin and weak, leading to osteoporosis. If diagnosed with this condition, you are at greater risk of suffering broken bones or fractures during a fall. Presenting no symptoms, it can be detected via bone density scan known as DEXA.

Glaucoma

Also a condition that exhibits few early symptoms, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness among elderly individuals. Occurring when fluid pressure inside your eyes results in damage to your optic nerve, it can be detected in its early stages and treated by having regular exams with an ophthalmologist.

Heart Disease

With age comes changes to your body’s heart and circulation system. However, if you smoke, don’t exercise, and/or eat a poor diet, you put yourself at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Should you ever notice such signs as difficulty with your speech or arm weakness, call 9-1-1 immediately so you can receive treatment from a locum tenens stroke doctor.

Alzheimer’s Disease

While it is very common to forget something now and then as you age, having this go beyond mild cognitive impairment could be a sign something else is occurring. If you find yourself becoming increasingly confused about everyday tasks or remembering the names of family members and friends, you should consult your doctor to be examined for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Though progressive and irreversible, many drugs are now available to slow its progression and allow you to have a better quality of life for a longer period of time.

By taking excellent care of yourself and having a willingness to see your doctor on a regular basis, you have a much better chance of avoiding many health conditions experienced by seniors.

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