An aging population is the most challenging demographic phenomenon worldwide in the 21st century. Old age is the natural part of the life-cycle. It is a process of regular changes that occur in mature and genetically representative organism living under representative environmental conditions. Just as planning ahead for your future financial needs is important, planning ahead for your future health also important. Age-related diseases are illnesses and conditions that occur more frequently in people as they get older, meaning age is a significant risk factor. Though men and women share some common health risks, women are more at risk for certain illnesses and injuries.
Some of the health issues women face as they age:
- Weight Gain
Getting older can be a triple whammy. You lose muscle as you age. You also become less active. At the same time, your body burns fewer calories for the same physical activities as when you were younger.
You probably know that being overweight or obese raises your chances for many conditions, like:-
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Breast and colon cancer
- Gall bladder disease
- High blood pressure
Maintaining a healthy body weight can reduce your risk of getting all these illnesses along with many others. The best way to maintain a healthy weight is to make exercise a part of your weekly routine.
This is a condition that can occur when the body doesn’t produce enough bone to replace bone that you lose, which leads to weak, brittle bones that are prone to breaking easily. Rather than having bones with a strong-binding structure, osteoporotic bones have a honeycomb-like structure with low density, which causes an easy break. Bones most likely to break when you have osteoporosis are the hips, wrist, and spine. Osteoporosis greatly affects women over 50. Regular weight-bearing exercise, eating a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D and not smoking can all help prevent osteoporosis.
- Breast Cancer
Breast cancer, as opposed to non-invasive, is defined as cancer that grows into the tissue of the breast as opposed to being located around the milk ducts of the breasts. Most forms of breast cancer are invasive, and more than half of breast cancer diagnoses happen among women aged 65 and over.
- Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is common with advancing age. It can mean simple changes in hearing, too, such as having difficulty following a conversation in a noisy area, having trouble distinguishing certain consonants (especially in higher-pitched voices), certain sounds seeming louder than usual, and voices seeming muffled. About half of all people over the age of 65 have some degree of age-related hearing loss.
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Reported by Dr. Himani