Preventing Diseases

Disease can affect every part of the body, not least including: the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and eyes. What can we do to reduce the chances of getting these diseases?

Arthritis

While not life-threatening, arthritis can be debilitating, and is a particularly common problem among the over 60s. The UK National Health Service states that “arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints.”There …

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Obesity

The Centers for Disease Control defines obesity as follows: “Weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese.” Obesity gets a special mention in 2020 as it’s been shown that it’s an underlying factor in the likelihood of death from coronavirus. So …

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Blood Tests

“Complete Blood Count” or “Full Blood Count” This is the most common and routine type of blood test. WebMD.com in summary says: A complete blood count is a test that counts the cells that make up your blood, and it can tell your doctor a lot about your overall health. It measures:• Red blood cells. …

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Liver Disease

According to the Mayo Clinic, Liver disease can be inherited (genetic), but Liver problems can also be caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, alcohol use and obesity.Controllable factors that may increase your risk of liver disease include:• Heavy alcohol use• Obesity• Type 2 diabetes• Exposure to other people’s …

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Osteoporosis

When we think of maintaining bone health as we get older, one topic is mentioned more than any other: Osteoporosis And in terms of preventive measures, three things get regular mention:• Calcium• Vitamin D• Exercise The Mayo Clinic has this to say about osteoporosis:Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. …

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COPD

The primary preventable disease of the lung is Lung Cancer.Influenza and Pneumonia also cause a significant proportion of deaths in older people. But aside from these causes of death, Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is also a killer. It’s usually diagnosed as two conditions that cause breathing difficulties: Emphysema (damaged lungs), and Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation …

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Pneumonia

Pneumonia is inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs, and, like Influenza, is a major cause of death for older people. It’s usually caused by a bacterial infection, and with older people it’s particularly serious, with every likelihood of needing hospital treatment. It can be caused by a number of factors, including having …

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Influenza

Influenza is a viral infection, and a major cause of death for older people.Antibiotics have no effect, so prevention is all the more important. Without doubt, the single most effective preventive measure is to have an annual flu injection. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine, by the end …

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