Maintaining Health As You Age

January 17, 2011 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

This is a guest post from Stayfitbug.com reader Eric Stevenson.

If you’re getting ready for retirement, it’s time to finally live. But besides keeping up with workouts and a healthy diet, there’s one thing you simply can’t afford to ignore if you want to fully enjoy your years of freedom.

The doctor’s office.

At times the doctor’s office can be a pretty disheartening place. But despite the needles, dreary music, and old magazines, visiting is a necessary step to getting the best out of life. It’s also important not to visit your doctor without questions. Sometimes it’s up to you to bring health questions to the table.

The first health issues to bring up should be familiar to you. Heart attacks, the leading cause of death in the UK, are caused when blood clots block the coronary arteries of the heart and constrict blood flow. When the heart suffers from lack of blood and vital nutrients, or even when it’s receiving less flow than usual, one experiences a chest pain called angina.

If you experience angina, sometimes more common during strenuous exercise, it is incredibly important to see a doctor right away.

Next on your list should be questions on mesothelioma. Mesothelioma victims may acquire the cancer through the inhalation of a dangerous mineral called asbestos, which was often used in the construction and insulation of older homes.

Mesothelioma symptoms are often subtle and include shortness of breath and chest heaviness. Because the symptoms can be latent for 20-50 years, most victims aren’t aware that they have mesothelioma until it has metastasized. By then, it’s extremely difficult to treat. Don’t hesitate to inquire about the dangers of the disease.

Third on the list of questions for your doctor is the increasingly popular prostate examination question. Prostate cancer can affect males above the age of 45. Though the cancer is often slow growing, it can lead to quite uncomfortable situations.

Prostate cancer affects the cells of the male reproductive organs responsible for seminal fluids. Therefore, prostate cancer can result in painful urination and even erectile dysfunction. Because the cause of prostate cancer is still unknown and the symptoms sometimes minimal, it’s better to talk to your doctor about getting an annual exam. These precautions can spare you from potentially embarrassing and painful procedures in the future.

With the rampancy of illnesses like prostate cancer and mesothelioma, and the dangers of heart failure lurking ahead, try not to avoid those doctor visits. Ask questions. It’s time to enjoy life, not to spend it recuperating. Sometimes we need more than an apple a day!

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