When we see old people suffer through illnesses, we silently fear we’d be in their place after a few years. At some point we all have wondered what it would be like to age and feel sick, fragile. While aging is inevitable and unavoidable, you sure could prevent a lot of diseases that take you down with old age. If you have/ had grandparents who often fell sick or were suffering from chronic diseases, you are more prone to them. But take a deep breath, there are a few things that you can do, to prevent these diseases that come with age, while you’re young.
A high percentage of older people die of heart diseases. In order to maintain a healthy heart, you need to maintain a healthy weight. Eating healthy (low sodium and low fats) and exercising will lower the risk of heart diseases. Plus, if you smoke or drink, you may want to quit right now leading a healthy and long life, that’s free from heart problems.
Excessive amount of glucose in blood can cause type 2 diabetes, which in turn, can lead to heart diseases, eye problems, and nerve damage. The risk is way more if you are overweight. But, you can prevent diabetes by incorporating a healthy diet and exercise in your routine. In addition, making healthy food choices such as switching to more vegetables, fruits and whole grains, eating small meals, and adopting healthy cooking styles can play a significant role in keeping diabetes away.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s can be described as a neurodegenerative disorder which leads to gradual memory loss. Dementia is caused by changes in the brain over time. These could be caused by multiple factors including age, genetics, habits such as smoking and lack of regular exercise. They can’t be prevented entirely, but doing simple things such as exercising, sleeping for at least 7 hours a day and eating right may prevent an early onset or could slow down the process.
Arthritis is more common in older women. Almost one third of the older population suffers from it. It is the inflammation in joints which causes pain and stiffness. Measures like exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight and not smoking can be taken to keep arthritis at bay. Stretching and strength training will help in building muscle strength and maintaining weight, ensuring that the lower body and the hip region, specifically, are not strained.
When you are in your 20s and 30s, you have the liberty of time and the gift of health. Do not take them for granted and you will thank yourself when you are a wise old man/woman. Use the time you have to make the right choices about your health to keep certain diseases from attacking you in the future.
As you just saw, there are primarily two things that you can and must do, which help you stay away from most diseases that come with age—Exercising and Healthy Eating. Additionally, habits such as getting enough sleep and not smoking must also be implemented if you plan to enjoy your old age, relaxing and playing with your grandchildren.