By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
November 10, 2020
As we get older, we also grow wiser. We may also notice a few grey hairs and wrinkles around the eyes too. Of course, we are experiencing more than just changes to our physical appearance as we age. Our bodies are also changing, which means that you need a general medicine doctor that understands what tailored and individualized care you need to stay healthy at all stages of your life.
Seniors are more at risk for:
Arthritis is incredibly common, affecting millions of people over the age of 65. Arthritis can lead to severe and chronic joint pain and stiffness, as well as cause limited mobility. Those with arthritis may have trouble completing certain day-to-day tasks such as brushing their teeth or driving.
If you suspect that you might have arthritis you must see a general medicine doctor who can provide you with medication and lifestyle changes designed to slow the progression of the disease and to prevent severe joint damage.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also more at risk of developing heart disease. Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk, so talk with your doctor about dietary changes, exercise, and other ways to improve the health of your heart.
According to the CDC, 25 percent of people 65 and older have diabetes, which equates to around 12 million seniors. Diabetes can have a serious impact on just about every system in the body, from the eyes to the feet, so you must visit your doctor at least once a year for bloodwork. If you notice symptoms of diabetes you should also schedule an appointment with your doctor. Diabetes can be properly controlled through a healthy lifestyle and medications to control blood sugar.
Middle age brings with it weakening, brittle bones, which can also increase the risk for fractures. Calcium is incredibly important for healthy bones, so talk with your doctor about whether you should be taking calcium supplements or vitamin D, as well as determining simple ways to incorporate more calcium into your diet. Vitamin D can be found in fortified cereals, tuna, and egg yolks; however, a supplement may be the best way to absorb this important vitamin.
You must find a doctor that truly listens to your needs and concerns. If you are worried about your risk for heart disease or want to talk with a doctor about ways to incorporate exercise safely into your daily routine, talk with your general medical practitioner today.