Info on Aging, Health, and Beyond

If you haven’t defined your life with words, and you are in your fifties, now is the time to do it. People who are close to retirement should have figured out by now what they want to do the rest of their lives. Of course, if you are happy the way it is, you are probably going to just keep doing it for as long as you are able-bodied. Honestly, this is fine too. The last thing you want to do at this age is be a couch potato and binge on French fries. It is unhealthy. But if you have been active throughout your younger ages, this is the time to continue those activities to remain healthy.

Remember that the fifth decade is where you will see a number of illnesses that were once considered to be minor or subtle resurfacing with a high impact on your health. Obviously, people who have a strong support system in place are better able to be in control of such adversities and live longer. It is well-known that people with spouse, friends or pets tend to live longer than those who don’t have a social support; evidence that we not only live for ourselves but for others as well.

But what about those who have to take care of their well-being all by themselves at this age? They have no choice other than adapt to healthy lifestyle on their own. So, ask yourself these questions. How is your heart? How are your lungs? Do you have hearing or vision problems? How is your movement, strength and flexibility in the muscles? Does these questions sound frightening to you? It should because this is the age to be extra careful to avoid serious problems later. For more information, visit a site like

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Now, let us talk about your foundation – your bones. Bones tend to become porous at the age of fifty for men and even earlier than that for women. In fact, some 45 million Americans suffer from low bone density or osteoporosis. The scary thing is that one out of two women and one out of four men will experience bone density related fracture in the hip or wrist in their lifetime. There are many risk factors for this condition. Women, as mentioned above, tend to lose bone density faster than men.

Age is another important factor. Density of the bone begins to decrease as you reach forty. The older you are the more you are prone to bone accidents. The size of the body is another factor. Small framed men and women are at high risk of osteoporosis. Ethnicity matters here as well. For example, Asians and white people are more prone to it. And if someone in your family is suffering from low bone density, the chances that you are at risk is high. As you can see, some of the risk factors you can do nothing about. Others can be changed through good diet, exercise and overall healthy lifestyle. The choice is yours.