Preventative Ways To Beat Old-Age Health Problems

Some of the health problems in this article aren’t confined to old age – we can get them at any age – but they do typically affect people over the age of 65. Growing old is bad enough without the prospect of these health issues, but we can take preventative measures at an early age to (hopefully) beat them. So, to improve your quality of life, take note of the following health problems now.

 

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss develops with age, but we can increase the onset of the problem with bad habits when we’re younger. These habits include…

 

– Listening to your iPod at high decibels.

– Not wearing hearing protection in loud and noisy places.

– Sticking your fingers in your ears (or any other foreign object) in an effort to clean them.

 

To protect your ears, avoid the above bad habits. You can buy ear protectors and earwax softeners at your local pharmacy. You should also book an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist for a hearing test, and if there are any issues, you can benefit from their advice.

 

Arthritis

This debilitating condition apparently affects one in five of us by the time we hit 65, so if ever you needed an incentive to commit to more exercise, now is the time to do it. Aerobic exercises, such as swimming, walking, and jogging, are great ways to strengthen the muscles around your joints. Avoiding injury when playing sports or working is another way to protect yourself from the condition, so always wear the relevant safety gear. And a healthy diet of fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the effects of inflammation in your body, as well as a number of other health benefits that will protect you into old age.

 

Sciatica

Symptoms of sciatica include lower back pain, pains in the rear of your leg, and feelings of burning and tingling down your leg. Needless to say, this condition is not pleasant, but apparently, 70% of people over the age of 55 suffer from some of these symptoms. Ouch! Still, you can take steps now to beat it. This includes forming good habits with your posture, so don’t slouch when you’re in front of the television or at your desk at work, and follow the correct manoeuvers when you’re bending down to pick things up. You should also commit to those exercises that will build your core strength, perhaps by using these simple workouts here. And if you’re not afraid of needles, studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective way to avoid future problems, so it may be worth your while looking for an acupuncturist near you.

 

Finally

None of us are immune to the health issues we have raised, but we can take steps to reduce the chances of them bothering us. Follow our tips, and remember to book regular appointments with your doctor to stay on top of any problems that may affect you later in life. May the odds forever be in your favor!

 

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