Die or live to old years?
Almost 95% of people of age 50+ are absolutely unsatisfied with their health. Indeed, the health of nation is in dramatic condition. Such factors as unhealthy diet, regular stresses, and lack of physical activity lead to typical diseases, which most people face with age. The figures are: 57,7% of all people after the age of 50 have problems with blood pressure (e.g. hypertension) and 63,4% of this age group suffer from excessive weight, 34% have diabetes, 51,2% have problems with bones (this especially concerns women). The most significant thing is that the information about health and healthy lifestyle is available, but most people just ignore it, thinking that everything will be all right with them personally. This is a typical mistake. In this article we have tried to summarize the typical symptoms of the diseases which appear with age, and the ways to prevent them. You may print the information given below, stick it to the wall, so that you could see it frequently, and use it to live healthy life, and stay healthy until your late years.
So, the typical causes of death of old people are: heart attacks, strokes, falls, and accidents. Thought most accidents could not be prevented, we can learn the reasons of other causes of death and prevent them.
Heart attack. Heart attack is a leading cause of death of both men and women in the United States. However, today there are excellent treatments for heart attack that can save lives and prevent disabilities. If you think you or someone you’re with is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately. The symptoms of heart attack are:
- Shortness in breath.
- Frequently repeating or continuing pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest.
- Feeling of discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, lightheadedness or fainting.
Main risk factors for heart attack that you can control include:
- Physical inactivity
- Overweight and obesity
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Diabetes (high blood sugar)
Stroke. The dangerous symptoms of stroke may include:
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sudden weakness or numbness in the face or limbs, often on just one side of the body
- Trouble speaking and understanding
- The inability to move one or more of your limbs
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Even if the symptoms stop quickly, you should call 9–1–1.
The major risk factors stroke are:
- Low “good” cholesterol and high “bad” cholesterol.
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure.
- Lack of activity
- Smoking, because it harms blood vessels.
- Older age. As you get older, your risk for carotid artery disease goes up.
- Insulin resistance or diabetes.
- Overweight or obesity.
- Metabolic syndrome.
- Family history of atherosclerosis.
Fall. One of the main reasons of death or disability is fall. Older people fall and break their bones because they become thinner with age. The other reason of fall may be unfriendly environment, problems of eyes, balance and coordination. But the main problem is osteoporosis. All people, especially women after the age of 50 are in risk group for osteoporosis.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
A major way to prevent all these troubles in your old age is to chose healthy lifestyle and quit unhealthy habits you have. Here is the list of things to do if you want to live to your old age, always feel good and be healthy.
- Follow a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Serve no less than two vegetable meals every day.
- Lower your salt intake.
- Read the labels of products to chose low-cholesterol ones.
- Do not eat too much sweets and sugar-containing food.
- If your BMI is more than 25, lose excessive weight.
- Quit smoking.
- Lower the level of stress in your life. The problems in your office are not worse your health.
- Limit your alcohol intake to 1-2 glasses of red wine a week.
- Visit your doctor regularly (one a year, if you are healthy) to have regular health exams. This will help to prevent possible illnesses at the very beginning.
- Take your time to relax. For example, take a bath, or read a book before you go to sleep. This will reduce the influence of insomnia. Sleep quality is very important for general health.
Physical activity recommendations:
- Walk on fresh air no less than 30 minutes a day. Chose places far from roads with cars. Prefer parks or forests.
- Do easy morning exercise every day.
- Try get moving as often as you can. For example, do not write e-mail, but go downstairs and give the letter printed to your colleague.
Good luck! We wish you to live to be very old, and always stay healthy.