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Health for Senior Citizens – Making Lifestyle Changes

Several research projects, undertaken on centenarians, have conclusively proved that while genetic disposition played its own part, making changes in the lifestyle contributed significantly to their achievement in leading a long and healthy life.

During the first half of life, you may have been more sensitive to maintaining a healthy weight and to maintaining a healthy blood pressure. If you made any health changes during this period, however, it can have a long term beneficial effect on reducing the likelihood of suffering from cardio-vascular diseases in old age, as well as other degenerative conditions linked to weight and blood pressure imbalances.

You may have been more concerned with attaining and maintaining your ideal weight, or blood pressure, than maintaining your ideal blood cholesterol. But, by the time you reach half of your life, your ideal weight, blood cholesterol and blood pressure may be all right. Assuming you kept your ideal weight, most of the blood pressure changes subsequent to age come from aging and not from you.

But you may have read that it is important to maintain your cholesterol levels, as high levels are associated with heart disease. The All cholesterol test is to monitor total cholesterol figures, and it is known, age related increases in high density lipoproteins (HDL) or the good cholesterol and decreases in the bad cholesterol. When your bad cholesterol levels start to rise, yourTotal Cholesterol/HDL ratio is going to begin to shift towards the healthy range.

Additionally, you may have become aware of your blood pressure, and the associated health risks, either of you. With an increase in blood pressure, the associated risks in being a victim of heart attack or stroke are increased.

And, if you’ve been suffering form diabetes, your diabetes care program will necessarily change. On the plus side, the knowledge that diabetes is an early risk factor for heart disease and stroke, means you can most definitely reverse the ill effects of diabetes, with effective healthcare.

While it is important to take such changes as necessary, your general wellness should be addressed at every opportunity.

As we age, we have to identify new ways to maintain our health and vitality. Steps need to be taken now, before it is too late to reverse the ill effects of aging. And of course, for older folks, every step they take will help them avoid many of the major illnesses that affect younger people.

Now is the time to start that Joanne lifestyle that has so much to offer so many years down the road. Don’t throw it all away or you’ll wind up wishing you had done things differently, knowing that you could have, and should have, addressed your health issues sooner. That would have increased your quality of life and it would have meant less missed opportunities.

It is also vitally important that kids, spouses, and/or parents understand the ill effects of not taking advantage of opportunity and prepare themselves to make the changes necessary to achieve the very best in life.

It is often more expensive to prevent illness and disease than to treat it. Health care costs have increased dramatically. The economic toll in illness and disease has become an undeniable detriment to quality of life and person empowerment. At the same time, the social services system is experiencing record growth, even with record increases in illness and disease. This requires aommpporting shift in mindset and priorities.In other words,we can’t address challenges to our health in isolation and then assume that problems in another part of the system are not as adversely affected. We can’t afford to neglect the health of everyone in our communities.

Therefore:

As health care providers, we must take ownership of our patients, whether they are our own patients or members of a family from which we draw a broad vision of quality of life. We must constantly be aware of the fact that we are providing care that directly shapes the patients that we serve. Every physician and hospital must be aware of this basic fact when filling out a prescription.

It is unacceptable for physicians to naively trust that there is a magical formula for the correct outcome, unchecked by the instruments of their own hands, that “magic bullet,” will cure all in a fairly short period of time. But as professionals working for the greater good of the patient, we must also be aware that although the magic bullet may be able to get rid of the hassle of the patients, they will almost certainly not be able to fix the underlying problem.

The second point requires a bit of explanation. Many times the family physician or another independent professional makes a visit to a diabetic who is unaware that the individual has hyperglycemia but who has not responded to the metabolic syndrome tests.

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