Health Issues And Causes Among Boomers

Health Issues and causes among boomers----It’s essential to take care of yourself first, Make an effort to get enough sleep, eat right, and exercise regularly.
Health Issues and causes among boomers—-It’s essential to take care of yourself first, Make an effort to get enough sleep, eat right, and exercise regularly.

Baby boomers ages 50+ are showing us how to have better health well into older decades. They’re exercising, watching their diet, enjoying friendships,.

Many say that improved health is the primary reason for their fitness endeavors. They want to be around to see their grandchildren and be able to interact with them in a physical way, like scooping them up into their arms for big hugs, play on the floor, and run to the ice cream truck without getting winded.

Of course, this is all after a long day at work. Many baby boomers have no choice but to continue working way past the retirement age as they don’t have the pension plans or retirement savings of their parents’ generation.

But in spite of all this, there are certain health issues that plague the boomer generation and I will be looking at some of the health issues and causes among boomers in this post.

Health Issues and causes among boomers

Because of the advancement of medical innovations people are living longer lives,

This has allowed better control of diseases which enable boomers to live longer and more independent life.

But in spite of these advancements, boomers still face many chronic diseases just like their parents and grandparents before them.

According to family medicine specialist Christina Zarate Kolp, MD, many of these conditions, if addressed early, can be minimized and/or treated.

“The sooner that you address a health concern, the better it can be managed,” she says.

According to Reyzan Shali, MD, an internal medicine specialist at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Vista. the root causes of many of these conditions begin earlier in life,

“Research has shown that people who eat healthy, stay active and avoid tobacco use can significantly lower their risk of developing many of the chronic health conditions we often associate with aging,” Dr. Shali adds

I will list some of the top health concerns and causes  for boomers, and how to best avoid them:

Health Concerns for Boomers

Cardiovascular disease. (Heart disease)Causes of cardiovascular disease

While cardiovascular disease can refer to different heart or blood vessel problems, the term is often used to mean damage to your heart or blood vessels by atherosclerosis (ath-ur-o-skluh-ROE-sis), a buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries. Plaque buildup thickens and stiffens artery walls, which can inhibit blood flow through your arteries to your organs and tissues.

Atherosclerosis is also the most common cause of cardiovascular disease. It can be caused by correctable problems, such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight, and smoking.

Diabetes. The number of adults with diabetes has more than tripled in the last 20 years. This due to an increase in obesity rates. Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for type 2diabetes.

With type 2 diabetes, you face numerous health problems that could affect your kidneys, nerves, feet, and eyes, as well as an increased risk for heart disease.

Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent type 2 diabetes, and that’s true even if you have diabetes in your family. If you’ve already received a diagnosis of diabetes, you can use healthy lifestyle choices to help prevent complications. If you have prediabetes, lifestyle changes can slow or stop the progression of diabetes.

Cancer. It is important that certain screenings, such as a skin cancer check, mammogram, pap smear, colonoscopy, or prostate exam be done regularly as this can help save or extend your life.

Cancer impacts people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and sexes. For most cancers, though, research shows that nearly 90 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in people ages 50 and older. Early detection is the key to saving lives.

Depression. Many baby boomers find themselves taking care of children and aging parents. Sometimes, this feeling of being caught in the middle leads to depression and anxiety
The stress of being a dual caregiver can be significant, especially on individuals who are also working, struggling financially, or dealing with other challenges
Alzheimer’s disease Researchers don’t know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease. But as scientists have learned more about the condition, they’ve found clues about where symptoms come from and who’s at risk.

  • Age. Your risk for Alzheimer‘s goes up as you get older. For most people, it starts going up after age 65.
  • Gender. Women get the disease more often than men.
  • Family history. People who have a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s are more likely to get it themselves.
  • Down syndrome. It’s not clear why, but people with this disorder often get Alzheimer’s disease in their 30s and 40s.
  • Head injury. Some studies have shown a link between Alzheimer’s disease and a major head injury.
  • Other factors. High cholesterol levels and high blood pressure may also raise your risk.

No matter what area you look to, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or osteoporosis, research shows being physically fit into your senior years will keep you healthier and active longe

The desire exists to stay active late in life, and defy traditional aging and age-related stereotypes

So as boomers I am one also, we need to take care of ourselves we need to Eat Healthily, Stay Fit

We need to exercise it is wise to do some strength-building exercise, build muscles, eat healthily cut down on red meat, butter, and other such foods. Instead, add more fatty fish and fats from plants, like flaxseed and nuts.

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Choose foods packed with the nutrients you need. Eat dark leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables.

Increase low-fat dairy to get calcium for bones. Fortified foods — like cereals with vitamin B12 and milk with vitamin D — can help, too. Cut down on empty calories from sugary drinks and sweets.

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Protect Your Joints if you have arthritis or damaged joints, running could be too much. But you can still benefit from exercise. Low-impact activities like walking or biking can help strengthen muscles, support joints, and lessen pain

It’s essential to take care of yourself first,” says Dr. Shali. “Make an effort to get enough sleep, eat right, and exercise regularly.

Thank you for your time, it is greatly appreciated, your comments are appreciated and if you have any information related to the health issues mentioned in this post, please let me know and remember to share this post.

You must not rely on the information on our website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare providers”

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Living with Kidney Disease—- Knowing all Your Options

 

 

Diagnosed with A Chronic Disease

Being diagnosed with a chronic disease can make one feel as if our life has been turned upside down-and-out of control. But, acquiring the right knowledge is really powerful

We worry when we are in the dark as to what to expect, and sometimes what we think can be far worse than what really happens.

It is, therefore, best to learn everything we can about the disease by learning we feel more in control of our life and our health again

The treatment we get can affect every area of our lives, so while we can live well with kidney failure it will not be by accident but by a conscious effort on our part.

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Review of the NAUTILUS T616 and Bowflex BXT116 Treadmil

Exercising has many health benefits, it not only help you to reduce or maintain weight but it also strengthens muscles, bones, joints, builds stamina, helps control blood sugar in type 2 diabetes and help to keep your heart muscles healthy

Walking is just as good as any exercise to accomplish all the above-mentioned benefits I know sometimes we boomers just can’t make time to walk for one reason or the other like no walking trail, not near to a park, or the weather and just can’t get to a gym. Maybe it time to consider a treadmill.

Treadmill in the privacy in your home or at her gym is a safe and convenient option that has the benefits of reducing the strain on your knee joints especially if it is placed on an incline, burning extra calorie and giving the added benefit of an aerobic workout.

Running or walking on a treadmill lowers the risk of you twisting the ankles falling less stress on the joints from running on hard asphalt or concrete and on uneven surfaces and you can even run in the night in the safety of your home.

Motivation and Convenience

Using a treadmill allows you to control the level of intensity of exercise you desire you have the ability to increase or decrease the level of difficulty by increasing or decreasing the simulated incline, and of course, your speed, allowing you to push your limits in a controlled environment. In addition, most machines have LED display that allows you to monitor not only your speed and distance but also your heart rate along with a reasonable approximation of the calories you’re burning. This factor keeps many people motivated by providing concrete numbers by which to measure their progress.

According to the journal of sports science, the same amount of energy used for running outdoors the same amount is required to run in doore so there is no edge where energy is concerned between indoor and outdoor running

Research has found that treadmills are a good and versatile to fit exercise in your daily routine. There is also a variety of programs just pick the one that suits you. There are some of the higher end models that come with the capability which enables you to watch videos or play music while exercising so your workout will be less boring.

Reason To do treadmill exercise

Walking or running on a treadmill is a great form of aerobic exercise which is good for overall fitness and good heart health This physical exercise alone is.  good for cardiovascular health prevents bone loss, helps lower blood pressure improves cholesterol levels helps with weight loss and increase muscle strength.

Exercising on your treadmill could help in reducing stress, boosting energy levels, and even helping you sleep better  .Being physically active doesn’t just improve your physical fitness, it also helps with mental wellness.

Using the treadmill you can change your routine so exercising doesn’t become monotonous you can change speeds or incline and if you have the higher end model that has built-in entertainment you can watch TV or a video.

Using the treadmill will help you to burn calories thus helping you to lose weight The faster you go is the more calories you burn. likewise increasing the incline will also enable you to burn more calories

Walking on a treadmill boils down to convenience and ease.  You can exercise no matter what the weather is on the outside and the time is to your choosing and with little or no problem you can start your exercise.

Recovery from stroke is quicker. Exercising on the treadmill helped improve the temporal as well as the spatial gait One study of recovering stroke patients found that exercise on the treadmill helped better than those that walked outdoors.

Knee Joints Are Strengthened

If the treadmill is set on an incline greater than 0%  will help to improve joint health this is found to reduce the internal knee-abduction movement responsible for cartilage degeneration.

This means there should be less cartilage loss over time on or off the treadmills compared to level ground walking exercise. This also makes walking easier on those who are obese or going through rehabilitation as this may reduce the pain of the exercise as well.

Treadmills

Now that we have seen the benefits of the treadmill lets look at a few of them.

The first one is the Nautilus T616

It has 26 exercising programs and includes caloric, distance  time weight control intervals performance training heart health and custom workouts

This machine calculates the fitness level of the user after completion of each workout.

It has a free app that runs through 19 locations with 27 routes in real time alongside people from all over the world.

Cushioning system for a smooth run

Folding system for easy storage when not in use.

LCD displays media in console speakers with an MP3 input port, USB media charging, and adjustable fan

Calories and goal tracker.

Nautilus T616 Treadmill Console

The specs were copied from the manufacturer’s  website

NAUTILUS T616 SPECS

  • Dimensions
  • LWH 77.2 x 35.2 x 57.6 in. (196 x 89.4 x 146.3 cm)
  • Maximum User Weight
  • 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Assembled Product Weight
  • Warranty
  • Frame, Drive Motor: 10 yrs / Mechanical/Electronics: 3 yrs / Labor: 1

below is a utube video of the nautilus T16

This machine is rated 4 stars

The ProsNautilus T616 Treadmill

The machine is quiet

Good quality well made  sturdy worth the price

Top rated home treadmill well-placed controls space for water bottles etc

Cons

Heart rate monitor does not work within  15 – 25 feet of a turned on TV(It interferes with the HR monitor) It interferes with the HR monitor.

The HR monitor does not work on a very tall individual say 6ft  handlebars that measure heart rate are too low. When the incline ramp goes up it gets even worse. And when bending over to hold them my pulse is measured incorrectly. The Manufacturer is willing to fix the problems this machine needed a new monitor.

Folding the machine could be easier

Specs were copied from the manufacturer’s website.

9 Pre-Programmed WorkoutsBowflex BXT116 Treadmill

  • Up to 12 mph (19.3 kph)
  • 15% Incline
  • Durable 3-ply 2.5mm Belt
  • Easy SoftDrop™ Stowable Design
  • Syncs with Free Results Series™ App
  • Available for Apple iOS and Android devices 1
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 Compatible
  • Automatic 3-Speed Fan

Integrated Speaker Sound System

BXT116 TREADMILL PRODUCT SPECS

  • Dimensions
  • 84.6″ L x 36.3″ W x 55.2″ H (214.9 x 92.2 x 140.2 cm)
  • Maximum User Weight
  • 375 lbs. (170 kg)
  • Motor
  • 3.75 CHP
  • Maximum Speed
  • 12mph
  • Maximum Incline
  • 15>LT##/p##GT##
  • Belt
  • Durable 3-ply 2.5mm
  • Minimum Ceiling Height
  • User Height +16″ (41cm)
  • Assembled Machine Weight
  • 280 lbs. (127 kg)
  • Warranty
  • 15/15/5/5/2 (Frame/Drive Motor/Mechanical Parts/Electronics/Labor) Years

BXT116

PROS.

Good quality Machine and there are 4 different user memory you can also make your own program

Easy to use.

Feels like a professional treadmill (Gym quality)

CONS

The machine broke within a month.

Machine creaking  it is certified for 280 Lbs  creaking at 260lbs

These machines along with many others can be purchased at Amazon.

There we have it two of the top treadmill is physical fitness circles. Have you used any to these treadmills? What was your experience in using any treadmill please let me know. Leave a comment below and I will reply. Thank you.

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Chronic Kidney Disease –Maintaining good health

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chronic kidney disease.

What are the kidneys

The kidneys are two organs that are found just below the rib cage on either side of the spine they are shaped like a bean and is  the size of a clenched fist.

When the kidneys are healthy they usually filter about a half cup of blood per minute, and their functions are to remove waste and extra water to make urine. The urine then flows to the bladder via two tubes made up of muscles which known as the ureters, these tubes are located on the sides of the bladder

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Chronic lung diseases– Maintaining Good health

Chronic lung diseases

I worked as a  CNA for a number of years, before retirement and during my time working in the field, I have come across a number of elderly people suffering from different types of chronic lung disease.

It was very painful for me to watch them laboring to breathe  even with the aid of oxygen in some cases and it was still very difficult,

So I think we should look at some of these chronic lung diseases and their causes and what we could do to prevent them in our effort in maintaining good health.

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