You Know You’re Over 50 If You Have These Health Issues – Eat This, Not That

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More than 50? Whatever your health condition, knowing what problems are likely to arise in your midlife is crucial for prevention and treatment, experts say. “What we find is that certain chronic diseases are frequently diagnosed from the age of 50”, says Renuka Tipirneni, MDinternist and assistant professor in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan.​​ Here are five health conditions to be aware of after 50, according to experts. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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High blood pressure — or hypertension — is a common health problem among people over 50. “But doctors no longer regard hypertension as inevitable or incurable with age,” says Samuel Durso, MD, director of the division of geriatric medicine and gerontology at Johns Hopkins. “The decision to start taking blood pressure medication, and the amount and type prescribed by your doctor, will depend on the severity of your high blood pressure. If you have prehypertension or your blood pressure is mildly elevated, Lifestyle changes alone can be the first step.Losing 5-10% of your body weight, reducing sodium, improving your diet and exercising regularly will generally lower your blood pressure. blood pressure is higher, your doctor will still recommend these changes along with your blood pressure medications.”

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Diabetes is another health problem that sets in in your 50s and can lead to serious health issues such as kidney disease and vision loss. While type 1 diabetes usually develops early in life, type 2 diabetes can appear later and is largely preventable. “With proper self-management and education, people with diabetes can live long and healthy lives,” says Rita Kalyani, MD. “If well controlled, it should not affect their quality of life but will require some adjustments to their daily routine.”


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Your risk of high cholesterol increases with age, doctors warn. “Studies have consistently shown that lowering LDL cholesterol reduces the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attacks, strokes, and the need for heart catheterizations or bypass surgeries,” says Davis Kimaiyo, MD. “This has been shown in people with established coronary artery disease, as well as in high-risk patients without coronary artery disease.”

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Osteoporosis is a particular concern for women after menopause, but men are also affected. “While the disease is more common in women, men are also at risk for osteoporosis,” says Heather Buschman, PhD. “The misconception that osteoporosis is a ‘women’s disease’ probably stems from the fact that women are at risk somewhat earlier in life, usually from their 50s onwards, just at the time of menopause. The main cause for concern is that about one in four men over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.Yet women are much more likely to have a bone density test and start to taking calcium and vitamin D supplements after breaking a bone.

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A recent study assessing the link between mobility and COVID-19 in older adults showed that people over 50 are at greater risk of serious complications from the COVID-19 virus. It is therefore crucial to keep up to date with vaccinations and boosters. “We found that even people with mild and moderate disease due to COVID-19 experienced adverse changes in mobility and physical function compared to people without COVID-19,” says epidemiologist Susan Kirkland, PhD. “These results are noteworthy because they indicate that the negative effects of COVID-19 are much broader and affect a wider range of older adults than those hospitalized with COVID-19.”

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Follow the basics of public health and help end this pandemic, wherever you live – get vaccinated or boosted ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 maskdo not travel, socially distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you do not shelter with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and that of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where you are most likely to catch COVID.

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