Health is the primary concern in every country. Many health conditions can lead to the death of the person. Here are some of the common health issue in the United States.
Physical Activity and Nutrition
Researchers have advised staying physically active can help prevent or delay many diseases which include cancers, heart diseases, and diabetes, it can also prevent depression and improve mood. Aging can cause many individuals to become inactive, and you can get in contact with local churches, senior citizen centres and shopping malls for exercise and walking programs. Along with exercise, your eating habits are vital as you must eat foods rich in nutrients and avoid eating food containing calories.
Overweight and Obesity
You can die from having hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, dyslipidemia, breast, and colon cancers if you are overweight or obese. Obesity is one of the major causes of death in the U.S.
It is the greatest preventable cause of illness and the leading cause of premature death in the United States. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) states that smokers who try to quit are more successful when they have guidance from their physician. Use of tobacco is called Tobacco Dependence disease.
Drugs and alcohol come under substance abuse. These are not associated with seniors but with young people who use self-medicate methods through legal and illegal drugs, alcohol which can lead to severe health conditions. Sometimes seniors unknowingly mix medications with alcohol.
About 11 to 15% of U.S aids case occur in the ages over 50. Aids in adults over the age of 50 increased twice as fast as in younger adults between 1991 and 1996. Most seniors do not use condoms, and their immune systems weaken with age and symptoms of HIV are common with old age. Due to the stereotypes of aging regarding sexual activity and drug abuse, these problems remain unrecognized. It is the main reason seniors are not represented in research, drug trials, prevention programs, etc.
Injury and Violence
In seniors, falling is the main cause of injuries, trauma, and deaths. Each year one of every three seniors between the age of 65 and older die due to falling. Some strategies can reduce injuries which includes exercise to improve balance and strength. People should build home-based fire prevention devices as individuals aged between 65 and older die in a home fire every year.
The top cause of death in older adults is influenza and pneumonia. Vaccines have been produced to prevent influenza and help the older citizens. One of the most severe infections is pneumonia, especially in women and old individuals.