The Baby Boomer generation is aging. And while they continue to thrive and embrace the beauty of it all, it’s still important to stay in the know about health conditions that often make an appearance. It’s true, genetics and other factors will play a role, but adopting healthy habits now can significantly reduce the risk of developing problems later. Let’s stay proactive! Here are 5 health conditions that commonly affect Baby Boomers and how to stay ahead of them.
Adults over 60 are at a much higher risk for things like heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women over the age of 60. To reduce the risk, Boomers should start prioritizing heart-healthy habits now! Here are some proactive choices you can begin making today:
In the last 20 years alone, the number of adults who have diabetes has more than tripled (according to the CDC). Baby Boomers have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is when your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or resists insulin. Diabetes often leads to an increased risk of developing health conditions like high blood pressure, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease (among others). Maintaining an active lifestyle and limiting processed sugars and refined carbohydrates in your diet are just a couple of ways you can try to stay ahead of diabetes. Here are some more proactive choices that can help:
Arthritis, a condition causing joint pain and stiffness, affects a lot of Baby Boomers (particularly osteoarthritis). It’s caused by the wear and tear on joints over time. And, though it affects over 32.5 million Americans, women over the age of 50 are most likely to develop this annoying ailment. Regular physical activity, such as low-impact exercises like swimming, walking, or yoga can help manage symptoms and help you maintain joint flexibility and strengthen supporting muscles.
Baby Boomers are at an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers. Screenings like mammograms, colonoscopies, and prostate exams are essential to early detection. There’s really no one good answer as to how you can lower your chances of developing cancer. Rather, there are lots of healthy choices you can make and maintain to lower your risk. This includes:
Osteoporosis develops when bone mineral density and bone mass decrease, or when the structure and strength of your bones change. Weakened bones mean harder falls and easier breaks. To prevent osteoporosis, make sure you’re giving your body enough calcium and vitamin D. And, of course, eating a healthy diet and exercising helps too.
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Originally published May 18, 2023
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