It seems every day there is another health scare that is featured in the news, another statistic that confirms that we need to take care of ourselves while we are young so we can live longer without feeling older. Many people don’t want to live to be old because it conjures images of wrinkled old men and women, bent over, and spending most of their years in the waiting rooms of the many doctors and specialists they require just to stay alive.
But it doesn’t have to be that way if you start while you are still young and take better care of yourself. It really doesn’t take a lot of extra effort but this is truly a “pay me now or pay me later” situation. If you can keep yourself from becoming obese you will easily be able to knock out 5 or 6 health problems that could compromise your health later on in life. It is possible to live into your 90s and still be healthy. More and more people are eating better and using their physicians to maintain their health rather than depend on them to restore it.
Here are some health issues you should stay on top of by the time you reach your 50s. If you spend the time and get them under control you will save yourself from some potentially serious repercussions that could include a heart attack, a stroke, or even an untimely death. There are all sorts of blood tests for heart disease. Here are a few of the most important ones.
1. Know your blood glucose readings.
A blood test called an A1-C will tell your doctor what your blood sugar readings have been for the past 3 to 6 months. Keeping your blood sugar levels in place keeps you from becoming a type 2 diabetic. The repercussions from diabetes alone include blindness, limb amputations, stroke, and death.
2. Blood pressure readings vary all the time and can be influenced by stress and physical activity. If your blood pressure levels are high you could have a stroke without even a moment’s notice. Take your prescribed medications every day at the same time and cut down on your salt intake.
3. If you are overweight you should find out if your doctor considers you to be obese. Everyone has a couple of pounds they would like to lose but if you are carrying around a lot of excess weight you are doing major damage to your joints and your heart.
4. If you are having problems with erectile dysfunction you may want to have your testosterone levels checked. This is a common occurrence for men as they get older. You may need a little assistance from Viagra to recharge your sex life.
5. Cholesterol levels are as much hereditary as they are due to our diets. If your family has a history of high cholesterol make sure you have it checked regularly and take your prescribed meds. High cholesterol can result in hardening of the arteries and cause you to suffer from an unexpected heart attack.