Few people actually enjoy the thought of getting older. There are many problems that can arise as we age. Some are the result of poor lifestyle choices. Other changes might simply be the result of normal aging and fatigue. Regardless, there are conditions that will likely arise as you age, and you'll want to be on the lookout for them so that you can alleviate some of the major symptoms.
Broken hips are more common among older people. There are reasons for this. As we age, we can start to develop problems with our balance. It might seem that having weak legs would lead to problems with balance. However, it's more likely that a weak core will contribute to problems with balance. Therefore, if you feel that your balance is not what it once was, you might want to start some exercises that can strengthen your core. You can also start strengthening your core before you start to have problems. Avoiding falls is an important key to avoiding broken bones, and having a strong core can help you avoid major falls.
A weak core is not the only reason for poor balance. As we age, problems with our inner ear can contribute to a feeling of dizziness. People who are lightheaded will tend to have balance problems as well. If you're starting to feel dizzy on a regular basis, it's a good idea to check with your doctor to see if there are any treatments that can fix the problem. Regardless of the reason a fall takes place, it can still lead to broken bones.
Age can start to bring structural changes to your large intestine. These changes can lead to an increased incidence of constipation. There are some steps to take that can alleviate the discomfort that can come along with the inability to pass solid waste on a regular basis. Low levels of physical activity can lead to constipation. Therefore, it's a good idea to take steps to exercise on a regular basis. Additionally, eating more fiber and drinking plenty of water can cut down on the likelihood of constipation. Finally, if you feel the need to go, don't wait. Holding off on using a restroom when you need to go can lead to more problems with constipation.
As we start to get older, it's common to start having more problems with vision. Those who never needed glasses might find they need to get a pair of bifocals. Others will start to have cloudy vision. The likely culprit in this instance is cataracts. These growths can lead to poor vision. Another major vision problem is glaucoma. Older people can experience increased pressure inside their eyes. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness. The best way to alleviate these problems is scheduling regular visits with your eye doctor. By going to the eye doctor on a regular basis, he or she will be able to observe problems in their early stages and provide you with recommendations for effective treatment.
Joint pain becomes more common as we age. Younger joints tend to have more fluid and cartilage cushioning the movement of the bones. When we age, this fluid and cartilage tends to wear out, and bones will start to grind together more and more. The result is arthritis. The most common joints that wind up with this condition are in the knees, hips and hands. Arthritis can lead to quite a bit of pain, but fortunately, there are treatment options that can alleviate many of the symptoms of arthritis.
Aging can lead to many changes to your health. These are just a few. By knowing what to look out for, you can take some proactive steps that can slow the onset and progression of many of the most common problems that are associated with aging. Failure to take action can lead to more pronounced problems at an earlier age and a lower quality of life.