Most people will agree that their health is everything. Without it, nothing else in life can function normally.
For this reason, a huge part of the population takes active steps in safeguarding their health. Still, despite your best efforts, your health can begin to fade as you age.
What are some conditions to look out for? Here are some common health problems for people over 60.
Cancer on the hands is extremely rare. Most tumors in the hand are often benign.
Nerves, tendons, muscles, skin, and tissue can form a hand tumor. Either way, always have any tumors examined by a medical professional to rule out anything sinister.
Arthritis is a common health problem for people advancing in age. The two common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. For older people, osteoarthritis is more common.
Osteoarthritis occurs from wear and tear, which explains its prevalence among people in their 60’s. This condition can cause pain and inflammation, which can significantly lower the quality of the patient’s life.
We are seeing more and more cancer incidences in recent times, an occurrence attributed to lifestyle changes.
Cancer is now the second leading cause of death in people aged 60 and above.
Most cancers can be treated when caught early. It’s therefore prudent to have occasional screening as you advance in age.
Cognitive Health Issues
Cognitive health relates to a person’s ability to think, recall information and learn.
A common cognitive health issue among the elderly is dementia, affecting 47.5 million people globally. While this is scary enough, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple by 2050.
The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s. Doctors are yet to find a cure for dementia, but diagnosed patients can be placed on a management plan to slow down the progression and maintain some quality of life.
As people age, their risk factors increase. These include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and so on.
These factors increase one’s risk of developing a stroke and heart disease. Other risk factors for heart disease are smoking, diabetes and obesity. If you are over 60, quit smoking if you do, eat a healthy balanced meal, work out regularly and get adequate sleep every night.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease resulting from the body attacking insulin-producing cells.
Type 2 diabetes is when the body produced inadequate insulin, or the produced insulin doesn’t function as it should. This type of diabetes is common in people over 60 years of age.
Some ways to prevent diabetes include healthy eating, regular exercise, and weight management.
These are some of the common health problems experienced by people over 60. The good news is that some of these are preventable, while some can be managed when caught early through regular screening.