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Aging and Adapting: How to Adapt to New Health Challenges as You Age
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It is estimated that 92 percent of people who are over the age of 65 have at least one chronic health condition. Your health changes a lot as you get older. However, there are several things that you can do in order to protect your health.

Fighting Obesity

Seniors are more likely to be obese because metabolism slows down as you get older. You also lose muscle mass. Being obese puts you at risk for developing things like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Increasing activity level is one of the best things that can be done in order to fight obesity. You should also reduce your intake of processed and sugary foods.

If you are an alcohol drinker, then you should not have more than two drinks per day. Alcohol is made up of empty calories.

Fighting Heart Disease

Heart disease is the top cause of death in seniors. More seniors are living with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These conditions can increase the risk of heart disease. Exercising, eating well and getting a good night’s rest are some of the things that you can do to fight heart disease.

Fighting Arthritis

Fifty percent of the elderly population suffers from arthritis. Old injuries, wear and tear on the joints and excess body weight are some of the things that can contribute to arthritis. You can prevent arthritis by managing your weight. In fact, you can cut your risk of arthritis by 50 percent if you lose 11 pounds.

Exercising can also fight arthritis. You need to perform both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing exercises. Weight-bearing exercises forces your joints to work against gravity. Walking, jogging, tennis and dancing are some of the ways that you can fight arthritis. Pilates and water aerobics are some of the non-weight-bearing exercises. You could also consider looking for treatment centers like Sarasota Arthritis Centeror similar businesses.

Fighting Diabetes

It is estimated that 25 percent of seniors have diabetes. It is important to get your blood sugar checked at least once a year. Managing your blood sugar can help prevent diabetic complications. Diabetes can be managed by exercising and eating right. You may also need to take medication in order to lower your blood sugar.

Your risk of developing health conditions increases as you get older. Diabetes, arthritis, obesity and heart disease are some of the health conditions that you are more prone to as you get older. Fortunately, healthy lifestyle choices can help you prevent or manage these conditions.




By Kara Masterson
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Biography: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog Max.

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