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9 Health Problems You Need to Watch for in Your 70s

by Amelia Grant about a year ago in health
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Age increases your risk of several health issues. It makes you more prone to certain chronic and serious diseases. Regardless of your current health conditions and gender, after the age of 70, your body changes significantly. While it is impossible to eliminate the risk of all health problems, you can decrease it. If you know what to expect, you can take precautions to strengthen your health against these conditions. The age of 70 is a perfect time to become more mindful of your health. Keep reading to learn about common health problems you need to watch for after the age of 70.

1. Hearing loss

After the age of 70, your risk of hearing loss increases because of prolonged exposure to loud noise in the city or using headphones. Hearing issues is a major risk factor for other health issues like dementia and depression. Hearing diseases decrease the quality of life significantly because it’s a large determinant of social isolation.

If you notice a decrease in hearing function, make sure there is no wax in your ears. Then you need to visit a doctor and take a hearing test. The doctor may suggest hearing aids to help you improve the quality of life and prevent further development of the disease.

2. Sleep issues

Elder people are prone to sleep issues. It can be difficult for you to stay or fall asleep. This happens because your sleep efficiency decreases with age. Sleep problems can lead to fatigue, tiredness, depression, and other serious health problems. For this reason, it is important to contact your doctor to improve the quality of sleep.

Try to stay away from over-the-counter sleep medications. These medications have a bad effect on health and increase the risk of memory problems. The number one recommendation to improve the night’s sleep is to improve sleep regimen. Try to stay away from electrical devices at least an hour before bedtime. The blue light emitted by electrical devices interferes with melatonin production and can cause insomnia.

3. Asthma

Asthma is a condition commonly found in people over the age of 70. If asthma isn’t treated properly, it can cause serious health problems. In this condition the responsiveness or twitchiness of the airways increases due to various stimuli and allergens. This may result in swelling of the airways and increase secretion of mucous. This causes difficulty breathing and coughing.

Asthma is dangerous for older people because they have a greater risk to develop respiratory failure as a result. If you suspect you have asthma or other breathing issues, let your doctor know about it ASAP. The doctor may suggest medications that can relieve your symptoms. Lifestyle changes can also help you improve or prevent asthma.

4. Arthritis

Arthritis isn’t a life-threatening condition, but it can decrease the quality of your life significantly. Arthritis risk increases when you become older. There are certain types of arthritis. The first type is osteoarthritis. It occurs because of wear-and-tear associated with the aging process or certain activities. The second is rheumatoid arthritis in which your immune system attacks the healthy tissues of the joints.

The main symptoms of arthritis include swelling, tenderness, stiffness, and pain in the affected joints. Depending on the type of arthritis, the discomfort can aggravate in the morning or throughout the day. To ease or prevent arthritis symptoms it is important to move and be physically active. Strong muscles help protect your joints. For severe cases, the doctor may suggest surgery for total joint replacement.

5. Depression

Depression is a serious mental disease caused by an imbalance of chemicals in your brain. If you are feeling hopeless and aren't enjoying activities you once did, let your doctor know about this issue. The doctor may suggest treatment to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of your life. Because depression often becomes undertreated or overtreated, it is important to monitor the response to the treatment.

The best way to prevent depression is social and physical activity. Try to spend more time outdoors with your friends. Fresh air and sunshine are good for your mental wellbeing, mood, and the quality of your life significantly.

6. Cancer

The risk of cancer increases with age. After the age of 70, you become more prone to prostate, colon, lung, and breast cancers. Regular screening cannot prevent cancer but catching it early can increase your chances for successful treatment. Depending on the family history of cancer, age, gender, and other risk factors your doctor may suggest additional screening tests.

A healthy diet and active lifestyle can also decrease your risk of cancer. You need to exclude sugary foods, processed foods, and saturated fats in your diet. Replace them with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This is a good way to promote overall health and lower the risk of cancer.

7. Memory loss

Some people confuse the usual aging process and the first symptoms of dementia. In usual aging, it can take longer for you to learn new skills or remember names. It can cause difficulty to retrieve information that you eventually remember. These all are part of normal aging and doesn’t mean you are developing dementia. But if memory loss interferes with routine tasks and decreases the quality of your life, you need to let your doctor know about this issue.

To decrease the risk of dementia, you need to stay physically, socially, and intellectually active. Try to read more and learn new things to boost your memory function. Doing crosswords can also help you improve your memory and brain. Another important thing to prevent memory loss is a healthy sleeping regimen and sleep between 7-8 hours each night.

8. Falls

About 35 percent of older people fall while doing their routine activities. This can cause significant stress, discomfort, injuries, and even lead to disability. The most common injuries that elderly adults get because of falls are hip fractures or head traumas. Falls often happen because of muscle weakness and poor balance. The brain or circulation medications are other contributing factors to falls.

To prevent falls you need to strengthen your muscles and be physically active. Ask your doctor about blood pressure, depression, sleep, and pain medications. They are among the biggest categories of medications effective for fall prevention. Vitamin D supplements may also help you decrease the risk of falls and improve bone density, lowering the risk of fractures.

9. Foot issues

Foot problems are common in people over the age of 70. When you become older, your feet widen and flatten. Foot problems can impair your balance and foot function. This doubles your risk of falling. Older adults often experience pain, neuropathy, and deformities in the foot. Wearing tight and uncomfortable shoes can increase your risk of hammertoe, mallet toe, and bone spurs.

If you suspect you have foot problems, you need to visit a podiatrist. To decrease the risk of foot problems, choose comfortable shoes that don’t restrict your foot. Avoid high heels and avoid walking barefoot. This can increase your risk of foot issues.

If you have a family history of these health conditions, let your healthcare specialist know about it. The doctor may suggest an additional test and preventative treatment to decrease the risks of serious health problems. It is important to have a thorough health examination every year to prevent severe health conditions. Stay on top of your overall health!

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Amelia Grant

I am journalist, and blogger.

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