Contributed post by Samantha Garbett
Whether you want to admit it or not, you’re not 20 years old anymore and your body is going to start failing you.
When you hit middle age, there are all sorts of new health problems that you’ll have to deal with. The good news is, they’re issues that are dealt with easily as long as you spot them early and get treatment right away. That’s why being prepared and knowing what to watch out for is so important.
These are some of the health problems that you’ll have to deal with in middle age.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a big problem because it can increase your risk of all sorts of health issues like heart disease or strokes.
As you get older, you’re more at risk of high blood pressure so it’s something that you should get checked for regularly. It’s always a good idea to have a medical once a year when you reach middle age and your doctor will check your blood pressure for you then.
It’s also a good idea to watch what you eat and exercise regularly to keep your blood pressure in check. If it gets too high, your doctor may prescribe you some medication to lower it again.
Your hearing naturally fades as you get older and most people will end up with hearing issues when they’re older.
But for some people, the problem starts early, especially if you’re exposed to loud noises a lot.
If you see a lot of live music or have a job that involves working around loud machinery, you could be doing some damage to your ears. If things are particularly bad, you might have to get hearing aids fitted.
But if the problem isn’t too serious, you can get personal sound amplifiers instead. They’re in-ear devices that simply boost the sound a little to help your hearing. Getting those early on will stop you from doing too much more damage to your ears and slow down the deterioration of your hearing.
Your body naturally loses muscle as you get older which makes it a lot harder to maintain a healthy weight.
It’s also harder to find the time to exercise and eat right when you’re dealing with all of the other responsibilities like work and family that you have. Your body will also burn fewer calories than it did when you were younger.
That means weight gain is a big problem for people once they reach middle age. It’s more important than ever to keep an eye on what you eat and try to fit in a few exercise sessions in each week.
Depression is usually associated with the younger generation and figures show that fewer older people are diagnosed with it.
But those figures are a little misleading and it can actually be a big problem for people in middle age, especially men, they just don’t get diagnosed. Often, people in middle age suffer from a mild form of depression and may experience a lack of interest in things that they used to enjoy. It’s important that you’re vigilant about your mental health as you reach middle age and you see a doctor if you think you might have a problem.
Keep an eye out for these common health problems when you reach middle age and you can stop them from getting worse.