As we get older, none of us like to admit it but quite frankly our bodies don’t work the way they always used to. Here are some common health problems that you might suffer from as you get older – and how to fix them.
Characterized by joint pain, inflamed joints, reddened skin and restricted movement, arthritis is a common ailment that a lot of people will suffer from as they get older. It’s caused by the cartilage inside joints wearing through and getting thin, which means that bone can start to scrape against bone, causing pain in joints like the fingers, spine, elbows, knees and hips. Although it can be painful and inconvenient and it is not curable, arthritis can be treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
If you don’t take care of your teeth when you’re younger than you’ll pay the price as you get older. If you have sore or wobbly teeth or you’re suffering from bad breath, then you might have tooth decay, which is caused by the plaque on teeth reacting with the acid in your food, which eats away at your tooth enamel. This can be helped by making sure that you brush your teeth twice a day using toothpaste with fluoride in it. You should also make sure that you floss as this will get the parts of your teeth that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.
Glaucoma is an eye condition that means people gradually lose their peripheral vision, which can lead to blindness. It’s caused by damage to optic nerve in the eye, which means that the eye fluid can’t drain properly and pressure is put on the nerve. You can’t reverse the effects of glaucoma but if you think you may be suffering from it it’s important to speak to your doctor, as treatments like eye drops and laser surgery can stop it getting worse.
A condition which is characterized by the bones getting weaker and more fragile over time, osteoporosis often isn’t discovered until someone ends up falling over and breaking a bone. You should make sure that you consume plenty of dairy in the fight against osteoporosis. If you aren’t a big fan of milk then why not put it in a smoothie or try taking calcium supplements? AlgaeCal reviews are available online if you want to see how they’ve worked for other people.
A lot of people suffer from mental health conditions and although admittedly you aren’t more likely to suffer from depression as you age, you are likely to undergo a lot of life events that can exacerbate the condition and make it considerably harder to live with, such as bereavements, divorces, and stressful jobs and financial situations. If you find your temperament changing and you’re more sad, frustrated or numb than you used to be, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. Therapy and medication can help a lot with depression and other mental illnesses, and although there is somewhat of a stigma against them, this is definitely being lifted over time.
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