Seven Chronic Health Issues Common in Baby Boomers

Seven Chronic Health Issues

As baby boomers reach the retirement age and enjoy eligibility for Medicare, providers of Health Care in Massachusetts concentrate on the prevalence of health issues among this generation. Experts say that the main causes of chronic health problems experienced by baby boomers start earlier in life. Those who stay physically active, eat healthily, and never smoke can reduce their risk of serious health conditions that have to do with aging. Here are some of the health concerns that this generation faces:

  • Cancer

    Cancer is one of the main causes of death among those who are at least 65 years old. But baby boomers can take advantage of cancer screenings to get detected for cancers before they feel symptoms. A lot of cancer types can be associated with behavior or lifestyle choices. To avoid cancer, it is important to make healthy dietary choices, stay away from tobacco and stay physically active.

  • Heart Disease

    After reaching the age of 45, the risk of developing chronic health issues increases. That is why many people in this age group experience coronary artery disease and heart attacks. But those who don’t smoke and control their cholesterol and blood pressure by exercising regularly have a reduced risk.

  • Arthritis

    Arthritis is a common incurable disease among baby boomers. It causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Exercising every day can help maintain joint flexibility necessary to prevent the development of this disease. Also, it is important for baby boomers to maintain a healthy weight to prevent too much pressure on the joints which can damage the cartilage at the joints.

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes increases the risk of chronic health issues like vision loss, kidney disease, high blood pressure, amputation, and nerve damage. Those who have diabetes tend to be 2-4 times more likely to experience a stroke or develop a heart disease. One of the main factors for this disease is obesity and making lifestyle changes can help manage it.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

    This disease is quite common to who are at least 65 years old. However, some people start to experience symptoms at the age of 40.

  • Eye Diseases

    More than 20 million people in the United States age at least forty years old are affected by cataracts. People who are over age 55 are at risk of macular degeneration that can lead to blindness when left untreated. As a Massachusetts Health Care provider, NonaCare, LLC wants to suggest having eye exams every year to detect vision issues in early stages.

  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis develops as the bones weaken. After the age of 50, a lot of women tend to break a bone because of this disease. As men and women reach the age of 65-70, they lose bone mass at the same rate. Those who smoke and drink alcohol earlier in life can have a higher risk for osteoporosis.

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