Over 50? Here are 3 of the Biggest Mistakes You are Making With Your Health
Growing older is something none of us can escape. Although we may grow wiser with age, getting older brings about many health issues that we may have escaped in our youth. It becomes more and more important to keep a close eye on our health as the years pass by. Here are some common health mistakes that people unknowingly make as they creep into the golden years. Avoid them and you will be on your way to a healthier, happier life.
1. Skimping on Sleep
Sleep deprivation is a common problem that often begins early in life, once you have a child or two. This can continue on into your latter years as families and work continue to make huge demands of your time. However, sleep is not something to take lightly. It is recommended that adults up to age 64 get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Sleep is crucial to help your body destress and detoxify, and it can also stave off serious things like Alzheimer’s symptoms.
To improve your sleeping habits, try to maintain a regular bedtime and wake time schedule, and keep your sleep environment dark and cool.
2. Ignoring your eye health
Vision issues are fairly common as you get older, so be sure to take as good care of your eyes as the rest of your body. Getting a comprehensive eye exam once every year or two can help detect possible eye problems early. Glaucoma is one of the issues you will want to look out for. Glaucoma’s symptoms include loss of visual field and also loss of central vision. Cataracts are another eye issue that can crop up as you get older. This is in addition to normal age related vision changes such as presbyopia, which accounts for all the reading glasses on the market.
3. Diabetes awareness
Type 2 Diabetes is a high health risk for many over the age of 50. To get a handle on any potential issues you may have, you should consider getting screened for Type 2 Diabetes every 2-3 years with a hemoglobin blood test, or a fasting glucose test. Should you be shown to be pre-diabetic, having this knowledge early on can be a game changer for the rest of your life. You could dramatically lower your risk of actually developing diabetes by over 50% just by learning how to manage your diet and activity levels.
These are just three of the things to look out for as you continue to move on in life. It would pay to be attentive and proactive and not ignore any warning signs that may pop up from time to time.