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Health is Wealth: The Most Common Physical Ailments in the Elderly

When you’ve seen and experienced a lot of life, it is reasonable to expect some wear and tear. Like any machine, breaks or ills are expected as you age. Today, we’ll look at common ails that you need to look out for.

Osteoporosis

This is a bone disease that is quite common in the elderly. This illness occurs when your body undergoes continuous hormonal changes and a deficiency of vitamin D. Even the severe loss of calcium can cause osteoporosis.

When you have osteoporosis, your bones are typically considered weak. In severe cases, minor bumps or sneezing can lead to bone breaking. When you check healthy bones under a microscope, you’ll see a network of honeycomb shaped holes. When you inspect bones of those with osteoporosis, you’ll see larger holes within that honeycomb network. Often the network won’t be as discernible.

If you are over 50 and experience a broken bone, have your doctor check your bones for its density. If you are nearing this age, it would be important to get your bones checked regularly. This is because osteoporosis isn’t something that you can feel happening to you.

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Coronary Heart Disease

This particular disease is due to the buildup of gunk in the walls of the coronary arteries. These arteries are critical as they supply your heart with blood. Over time, the gunk (which can comprise of fatty substances) can clog and limit the amount of blood that your heart can get.

Coronary Heart Disease can have a variety of symptoms and angina is one of those symptoms. We mention angina because it is one of the most common ones. A stable angina has these symptoms: chest pain, back pain, shoulder pain, a dull pain in your arm, and even continued pain in your throat and jaw.

A far more serious form the angina has these symptoms: intense pain in any of the locations listed above. Normally, the pain can be alleviated by changing your position (sitting when you’re standing and vice versa). However, when the pain does not wane even with a position change, you need to call emergency services.

If you are over 40 and experience any of the lighter symptoms, it is crucial that you get yourself checked out. When you’re a certain age, it is crucial to be proactive about your heart’s health.

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Arthritis

This condition usually refers to a painful inflammation to the body’s joints. While not a single and encompassing illness, the term ‘arthritis’ is used to refer to any joint disease.

Usual symptoms are swelling, the loss of movement, and stiffness. While symptoms come and go, over a prolonged period of time, it can be quite cumbersome. There are several types of arthritis so it’s best to have your doctor suitably identify which type you have.

It is important to get checked out whenever you feel recurring pain. The tests can vary from x-rays and blood work. When you’re past the age of 40, it is best to get arthritis dealt with and get a routine going.