The 6 Common Health Issues To Avoid As You Age

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Getting older seems daunting, right? Wrinkles, graying hair, and forgetting where you left your car keys. All jokes aside, with age, you’re likely to face some unique health conditions.

Did you know that senior adults account for about 12% of the global population? Moreover, it’s estimated to cross 22% by 2050.1 On the bright side, a report by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) suggests that 41 percent of seniors over the age of 65 are in excellent health.2 Also, the average life expectancy seems to be on the rise as people over 65 live up to their 80th birthdays.

That being said, it becomes imperative to be aware of the challenges that aging people face and determine preventative steps to help you or your loved ones to age healthily. Senior men often face a number of health issues that can negatively affect their quality of life. However, by being well-informed of the common health conditions that older men face, you’ll be able to avoid these diseases as you age.

In this article, we shall talk about some of the common health issues in older men so you can make certain lifestyle adjustments that can help you age healthily.

Prostate Problems

This is one common health problem that affects men - after all, females don’t have prostates. The prostate gland refers to a walnut-shaped organ that helps produce fluids that are essential for ejaculation. However, as you age, your prostate is susceptible to problems.3

Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is among the most common type of cancer that affects men worldwide. While it’s among the most serious men’s health issues, most prostate cancers develop slowly and aren’t prone to spread.4

As per the American Cancer Society, close to 191,930 American men will likely develop prostate cancer during this year and approximately 33,330 American men will likely die from it.5

In its initial stages, prostate cancer rarely shows any symptoms or signs. However, a more advanced case will likely show the following symptoms:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Have difficulty achieving an erection or keeping it hard, also known as Erectile dysfunction
  • You’ll find blood in your semen or urine.
  • Discomfort around your pelvic region
  • You might experience bone pain

Aside from prostate cancer, older men are also at risk of developing other prostate problems. If you’re over 40, your prostate has a high chance of becoming enlarged.6 This shows how important it is to care for your prostate health as you age.

Erectile Dysfunction

Another common health problem that older men risk developing is erectile dysfunction. Also, known as ED or impotence, this condition doesn’t necessarily affect older men alone. ED is a common health issue that men of all age risk developing but is more common among senior men.

2/3rd of men over 70 and approximately 39 percent of men age 40 suffer from impotence.7 If you have diabetes, your risk of experiencing impotency increases.8 Often times, ED arises as a result of atherosclerosis, which is also the cause of strokes and heart attacks.9

In fact, experiencing erectile dysfunction frequently is an indication that your blood vessels aren’t in good condition. Doctors consider ED as an early indication of warning for a cardiovascular problem. If you suffer from impotence, you might experience the following symptoms10:

  • Low sexual libido
  • Trouble achieving an erection
  • Inability to keep an erection

One can experience ED due to either psychological or physical factors and as such, the cause will differ from one person to another. If you’re experiencing ED, a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly, and eating better can already provide some relief. And when your body can use some extra assistance, you can always consider this fully natural solution.

Mental Health Problems

The World Health Organisation suggests that more than 15% of men over 60 have a mental disorder. With depression occurring in about 7% of the older population, it’s one of the most common mental health problems among seniors.11

Unfortunately, this is a mental condition that’s often undertreated and underdiagnosed. In the US, over 18% of older adults die as a result of suicide.12

Since chronic health conditions might be the reason behind depression, managing those conditions can help. Also, following a healthy lifestyle and support from family, support groups, or friends can help in treating depression.

Osteoporosis

While it’s generally directed towards women, men are also at risk of experiencing bone problems. According to the NOF ( National Osteoporosis Foundation), about 1 out of 4 men who are 50 and older will break at least one of their bones as a result of osteoporosis.13

Another NOF report suggests that approximately 54 million people over 50 have osteoporosis or low bone mass, and almost every adult over 80 has some type of osteoarthritis.14 By exercising regularly and following a healthy diet, you can protect and improve your bone health.

Sensory Impairments

As you age, you’re also likely to experience sensory impairments concerning hearing or vision, which are quite common among the older population in the US. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 seniors suffers from visual impairment while 1 in 4 experience hearing problems.15 Fortunately, these problems can be treated easily with hearing aids and glasses.

Additionally, as you get older, it’s vital for you to maintain regular assessment for your vision and hearing. Millions of senior adults develop eye problems caused by age like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Plus, about 43% of people over 65 experience hearing loss.16

Heart Disease

Heart condition comes in different forms and all these forms can cause serious, fatal problems if undetected. As per the American Heart Association, more than 1 out of 3 adult men experience some type of cardiovascular problem.17

Strokes target over 300 million men and it’s common for men under 45 to have high blood pressure, reports the American Heart Association.18 Maintaining regular checkups can help in keeping your heart health in check. Your doctor can evaluate your risk for heart problems depending on various risk factors, which include, your blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking habits.19

Bottom Line

Now that you’re aware of the common health problems you might face as you age, we hope that it encourages you to make healthy lifestyle changes by exercising regularly, eating a proper diet, and maintaining routine checkups.

While you can’t prevent yourself from aging, keeping yourself well-informed about the health conditions that come with age can help you take better precautionary measures that’ll allow you to age healthily.

ARTICLE REFERENCES
  1. 1https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health-of-older-adults
  2. 2https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6221a5.htm
  3. 3https://www.webmd.com/men/features/6-top-health-threats-men#1
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  19. 19https://www.healthline.com/health/top-10-health-risks-for-men#heart-health
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