There are a whole host of health problems that are associated with old age and most of us are fully prepared for our bodies to start failing us once we reach our 50’s. But what a lot of people don’t realise is that those same issues can start affecting you a lot earlier than that. Even if you eat well and exercise, that doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk. So many people end up with more serious conditions because they ignore the early warning signs and don’t see a doctor until much later on. The best way to avoid serious health problems is to catch them early and treat them before they get a lot worse. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’re too young to suffer from these health problems.
We hear a lot about the dangers of the flu for elderly people and, to some extent, children. Most people think that a healthy adult will be able to get through the flu pretty easily and, even though the symptoms will be pretty bad, it won’t be that dangerous. But that’s not the case and if you come down with a serious case, it can be a big health risk. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get a flu shot once a year to protect yourself. You should also see a doctor if you do start feeling the symptoms, just so the doctor can check that you aren’t at risk. That doesn’t mean you should rush to the doctor every time you sneeze but if your symptoms get worse and they persist for more than a couple of days, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Hearing problems are another one that is definitely associated with the elderly but the truth is, anybody can suffer from hearing problems and they can be brought on by a lot of different things. It might be that you’ve got a long term problem and your hearing is degenerating but you can also get it from a virus or infection in the ear or even a head injury. If you start to notice that you’re struggling to hear people speak or you’re turning the volume on the TV up more than you used to, go and get a hearing test to be safe. People often put it off because they don’t like the idea of getting a hearing aid but not being able to hear properly is always worse. It can actually be quite isolating because you can’t enjoy social situations so it’s better to get it sorted.
Heart problems are a big risk when you get older but even as you start to reach middle age you’re at risk, especially in men. The symptoms include fatigue and chest pain. Most people will report chest pain because it’s a well known serious health issue but fatigue is something that people often put down to the normal stresses of everyday life. If you’re tired for a day or two that’s normal, but if it persists for longer, get to a doctor. Don’t think that you’re too young for these health problems, they can catch you out at any time.