Age doesn’t just bring wisdom; there are also many symptoms and illnesses that come about as you age. It might start with a twinge in the back at 30 and progress to whole body aches by the time you reach your 50s. Growing old is both wonderful and painful, but there are ways to minimize certain symptoms, and here are five of them.
1. Bad Posture
A bad posture is formed slowly over the years, progressing to a full-blown stoop once you hit your later years. Not only does it show your age instantly, but it also causes back pain, which can stay with you for a long time.
A simple way of preventing and helping incorrect posture is to engage in certain exercises such as yoga. By focusing on stretching and breathing, you teach your body to sit and stand in the right ways. If you work a desk job, it’s also worth investing in a high-quality chair and making sure your set up doesn’t make your body slouch.
2. Dry Eyes
Dry eyes are caused by a variety of reasons, one of which includes growing older. It happens when your eyes don’t produce the right kind of tears, resulting in redness, discomfort, and sensitivity to light.
You can buy eye drops to help, but if dry eyes are persistent, then dry eye therapy will help reduce symptoms.
3. Memory Loss
Sometimes, memory loss might be a sign of something more serious, like dementia or the result of an injury. The most common cause of mild memory loss, however, is aging. Keep your brain healthy by playing puzzles, reading, and using memory training apps on your phone. Think of your brain like a muscle – the more you train it, the stronger it is.
4. Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing and irritating symptom that comes on as you get older. One way to prevent embarrassment is to wear incontinence pads, but it won’t solve the root of the issue.
Cutting down on caffeine, alcohol and performing pelvic floor exercises will help reduce the number of accidents, but if you find it’s happening often, then a trip to the doctor is in order.
5. Wrinkles and Sagging Skin
While not a medical condition, many people wish to minimize signs of aging on their skin. Part of living a full life means smiling, laughing, and frowning, and they cause lines to appear on your face. Due to this, there is no way to prevent wrinkles completely, but you can slow them down and make their appearance as minimal as possible.
A healthy diet, lots of water, and regular exercise will help prevent premature aging. Wearing SPF in the sun also prevents sun damage to the skin, one of the greatest contributors to aging skin. If you want to target wrinkles head-on, then getting regular botox will keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay for longer.
Aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t slow and prevent some of the less appealing symptoms.
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