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If you are part of the baby boomer generation you need to be aware of the top common health issues to watch out for. Many health issues that affect this generation are preventable and getting a health physical each year to check for early signs of common diseases should be a priority. Here is a look at some of the most common health issues you will want to be tested for.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is something to watch out for. While anyone at any age can be affected by high blood pressure, as we age we are more prone to it. High blood pressure is most commonly found in those that suffer from obesity and can often be controlled through proper nutrition and exercise.
High cholesterol is another disease that becomes more common as we age. High cholesterol is most often seen in those that suffer from obesity just like high blood pressure. In many cases it can be treated through exercise and a healthy diet.
Obesity has been on the rise in all age groups including the baby boomer population. Obesity can cause numerous other health related issues including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, joint issues, bone issues and so much more.
Baby boomers are being affected in increasing numbers by dementia and memory loss. Knowing the early signs and seeking medical treatment right away can help slow or even stop dementia.
Bone loss, especially for women, is very common in the baby boomer generation. Osteoporosis related fractures can be very serious and some can even lead to death. Women especially need to make sure they take in adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D and female baby boomers should also receive a bone density test.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is another disease that as you age you are more likely to get. Many cases of type 2 diabetes can be completely prevented with a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and exercise.
Heart disease is another health concern that baby boomers need to be aware of. Obesity again is a contributor.
Many different types of cancers are more prevalent as we age especially if we have a family history of the disease or have other issues that could increase our chances of being diagnosed. Lung cancer is a concern especially for those baby boomer that smoke and other more prevalent cancers include breast and colon cancer.
Many baby boomer face an increase in joint issues including such related disease like arthritis, tendonitis and more.
Having a stroke is certainly another health concern that baby boomers face and again, a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent having one. Eating healthy, exercising and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption can all decrease your chances of suffering from a stroke.
Stress is also a concern for baby boomers. As this generation reaches retirement age, worries of not having enough funds to retire along with worries of helping their children and more can lead to undue stress.