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Health Concerns For Those Over 65

Let’s face it, as we get older it becomes more and more difficult for the majority of us to keep from getting sick.  To that extent, we begin to realize that although we have been successful in dodging most illnesses, our luck will soon change.  Unfortunately, most of the illnesses we will have to deal with could very well result in deadly results.

Cancer

Not only is cancer a more than common disease this day in age, what most do not know is that it is the second leading cause of death in those persons over 65 years of age.  It is never too late to look to managing your health in an effort to prevent cancer.

Diabetes

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can lead to Type 2 diabetes, which currently is one of the most common causes of death in the US, in addition to possibly leading to both heart attack and stroke.  If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it is suggested that you remain diligent in keeping your sugar levels in check.

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Substance Abuse

It was recently estimated that one in five people over sixty-five will struggle at one time or another with substance abuse.  Substance abuse can lead to long-term effects on your brain and other vital organs.  Abuse of alcohol has even shown to play a part in early-onset dementia.

Major Depression

Many people over sixty-five would not think of classifying major depression as a disease, but they would be best served to.  Usually, major depression is brought on by self-isolation from those you know and love, as well as neglecting physical activity.

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Heart Disease

According to studies by the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death amongst Americans over the age of sixty-five.  During your later years, exercise and diet are more important than ever to maintain a happy healthy heart.

High Blood Pressure

It is estimated that as much as 68% of both men and women over the age of sixty-five either currently suffer from high blood pressure, or are taking medicine to keep it in check.  This disease comes with a double whammy in that it could lead to heart attack and/or stroke.

As you can see, as we get older we need to be more diligent about our health. It is best to talk to your doctor to see exactly what you may at risk for.  Then you can work out a plan that will aid in the prevention or managing of your particular ailment.  Just because we get older, doesn’t mean we have to get lax with our health.  An ounce of prevention, even over the age of sixty-five, can go a long way.