We all worry about health issues that will affect us as we get older. However, many young people also take comfort in the idea that they won’t have to worry about certain health issues until later in life. This just isn't true. Many health issues that we tend to associate with old age can actually get us a lot sooner and you do need to be aware of them. By knowing the issues, you can watch out for the signs and protect yourself or get the treatment that you need.
By the time you hit seventy-five, you are more likely to have dementia than not, which is a scary thought. However, what’s even more frightening is that there is such a thing as early onset Alzheimer's. That means you can start showing signs of the disease as early as thirty. You might find that you walk into a room and then forget why you went in there. Or, that you were about to say something and then completely forgot what you were about to say. Once every so often this is perfectly normal, but if it’s happening more frequently this could be worrying.
Hollywood was recently criticised for a few films about dementia where the person affected by the diseases was quite young. But these films actually shed some light on what is an important issue. You can get dementia before you are old.
You can also reduce your chances of developing a condition like this by improving your memory and keeping your brain active. Essentially, you need to treat your brain like a muscle and give it a workout as much as you can. By doing this, you can decrease the chances of your cognitive ability diminishing.
Chronic pain is another health issue that isn’t biased about age. It can affect anyone at any age. You might have heard of fibromyalgia. It’s a medical condition that causes chronic pain throughout the body. Unfortunately, doctors have virtually no idea what causes it. But, they do now believe it has a physical cause. Previously, it was assumed that this condition was purely psychological.
Chronic pain can be treated with aqua therapy and this has been shown in studies to be very effective. Cognitive therapy can also help by teaching you to treat the pain as a subconscious thought.
To avoid developing chronic pain early in life, you need to make sure that you are looking after your body. RSI is one of the most common injuries in the work environment today. It’s easy to avoid if you make sure that you are taking regular breaks and that you aren’t typing in awkward or uncomfortable positions. Bloggers are particularly at risk of RSI. Make sure you are taking regular breaks between your work to avoid this issue.
Hearing loss and sensory issues are something that can be natural as you age. By the time you reach sixty, you probably will have a certain level of hearing loss. However, now we are seeing young people develop hearing loss as well. This is usually due to an exposure to a loud noise. For instance, constantly listening to music at a high volume will eventually lead to hearing loss.
Many people believe that levels of hearing loss in children is a lot higher than generally believed. This is due to issues such as tinnitus. With tinnitus, the patient hears a noise that isn’t there and this can be an early sign of the loss of their hearing.
If you are having trouble with your hearing, you can get a hearing test. Using a portable audiometer, you can get checked for this in your home, rather than booking an appointment with a doctor. Instead, an audiologist can come to you.
Cancer does become more common as you get older because your body becomes weaker and you have a higher chance of contracting illnesses. But, again, cancer can become an issue at any age. The good news is that when your young, the prognosis is often more positive. However, this is also why you should be checking your body regularly for any signs. Lumps and bumps are something you should be aware of but don’t panic if you find one. Usually, they will go after a week or so. If they don’t, you should make sure that you go and see a doctor. Even then, it will most likely be nothing, but it’s good to know for sure.
We hope you take this advice on board and protect yourself from these health issues where possible.