How To Stay Healthy in your 50’s: 6 Health Problems In Women Over 50

Graying of hair or receding hairline is not the only sign of getting old but also a forewarning of upcoming health-related problems. We may call them the side effects of old age.

According to some researches, about 92 percent of seniors have at least one chronic disease and 77 percent have at least two.

Heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes are among the most common and costly chronic health conditions causing two-thirds of deaths each year.

Let us discuss some of the health problems in women over 50.

1. Weak Immune System

With age, your immune system becomes weak and become easy prey to viral and bacterial infections. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infection, ear infection, inflammation and infection of internal organs, skin infection, etc. are some of the diseases directly related to the weak immune system.

Some of the strategies that can improve your immune system

  • Eat foods high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Do Exercise regularly.
  • Control your weight.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.
  • Get sufficient sleep.
  • Take steps to avoid infection.
  • Minimize stress.

2. Weight Gain

A retired woman normally becomes inactive as a consequence body starts burning fewer calories. The inactivity further makes the muscles to lose mass. Metabolism decreases and the body starts gaining weight.

In turn complication like heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and so on crop up.

Ways to maintain healthy weight in your 50’s

  • Be more active
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a high-protein breakfast with skim milk
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Include fruits and vegetables in your meals

3. Weak joints

With age muscles, ligaments and bones get weakened. The weak muscles can’t hold the joints bones in proper place and the weakened ligaments can’t keep the bone of joints in place while in motion or rest.

Some of the measures that one can take to build up strong bones and joints

  • Lose weight: even a  small weight loss may improve your joint health considerably.
  • Avoid a sedentary life.
  • Include milk, yogurt, broccoli, salmon and calcium supplements in your diet to build strong bones.
  • Avoid fast/junk foods.
  • Includes supplements like Omega-3 and Glucosamine in your diet as the studies have shown that Omega-3, Glucosamine can reduce the pains and inflammation of stiff joints in people with arthritis.
  • Even some studies suggest that Glucosamine may contribute to cartilage repair.
  • Cut your caffeine intake as according to some studies, extra caffeine can weaken your bones.
  • Perform more outdoor related activities viz. Gardening, Hiking, etc.
  • Take up Yoga, Pilate or Taichi as they not only keep your body flexible but also keep joints strong and muscles limber.

4. Hyper Tension

High blood pressure also known as hypertension in middle age not only boosts dementia risk but also raises the risk for heart attack and stroke.

Hardening of arteries occurs requiring the heart to work harder to pump the blood out to the body. It is further aggravated by diabetes, kidney disease, over-weight, lack of physical activity, etc.

However, according to some researcher, high blood pressure at the later part of life might be good to lower the risk of mental decline.

As people age, blood pressure may need to increase to keep blood flowing to the brain for normal functioning creating enough pressure to get blood to oxygenates the brain adequately.

Ways to keep your pressure under control

  •  Weight loss
  • Exercise
  •  Diet control
  •  Reducing salt intake
  •  Avoiding Smoking

5. Depression

Depression is a common and serious illness that affects how one feels, the way one think and act.

Advancing age is often accompanied by the loss of social support systems due to the death of near and dear ones, retirement or even relocation of residence. Because of the changing circumstances, you become depressed.

Feeling sad, loss of interest on once work, changes in appetite, sleeping trouble, fatigue, feeling guilty or worthless, difficulty in thinking & concentrating thoughts of death or suicide are some of the common symptoms.

Besides medication and psychotherapy, there is a number of things people can do to help reduce the symptoms of depression. For many people, regular exercise helps to create a positive feeling and improve mood.

Getting enough quality sleep on a regular basis, eating a healthy diet, socializing and avoiding alcohol can also help to reduce the symptoms of depression.

6. Memory Loss

Forgetfulness is a common complaint among many of us as we get older. It often happens that you start to talk about a movie you saw recently when you realize you can’t remember the title.

You find yourself standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering what you went in there for?

Memory lapses can be frustrating but most of the time they aren’t causing for concern. Age-related memory changes are not the same thing as dementia.

As we grow older, we experience physiological changes that can cause glitches in the brain’s functions. It takes longer to learn and recall information. We’re not as quick as we used to be. In fact, we often mistake the slowing down our mental processes for memory loss. But in most cases, if we give ourselves some time, the information will come to the mind.

3 causes of memory loss

  1. The hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in the formation and retrieval of memories, often deteriorates with age.
  2. Hormones and protein that protect and repair brain cells and stimulates neural growth also decline with age.
  3. Older people often experience decrease blood follow to the brain, which can impair memory and lead to changes in cognitive skills.

Compensating memory loss

  • Stay social
  •  Stop smoking
  •  Manage stress
  •  Get enough sleep
  •  Watch what you eat
  •  Exercise regularly
  •  Play games
  •  Read newspapers, magazines
  •  Learn new things

The Bottom Line

Hey beautiful ladies!

Don’t get depressed, don’t get hyper tensed or worry about memory loss or weight gain and weak joints.

Old age is inevitable just eat healthily, exercise regularly, keep your selves active, take your supplements and enjoy your old age.

To end the article I am quoting Rajneesh as he says –

“Old age is your own creation: it can be a misery, it can be a celebration, it can simply despair, and it can be a dance. It all depends on how deeply ready you are to accept existence, whatsoever it brings”.

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