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Top Boomer Health Challenges

Boomer Health ChallengesBoomer Health Challenges outlines the key health issues that are plaguing baby boomers as they age.  Physicians are seeing rising growth in all these categories.  While some of these conditions are unavoidable, many of them can be prevented or controlled by lifestyle choices.  Below are the top boomer health challenges:

Boomer Health Challenges

Obesity

Obesity, alone, causes many of the boomer health challenges listed below.  Sadly, this is a condition that can be completely prevented by practicing positive lifestyle choices, such as exercise and a healthy diet.

Type 2 Diabetes

Kidney damage, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, vision loss, and nerve damage are just a few of the health issues that Type 2 diabetes can cause. Be smart. This is a disease that is preventable and controllable through healthy lifestyle choices.

Cardiovascular disease

As one of the top boomer health challenges, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women over the age of 60.  Coronary heart disease, which narrows and/or blocks the arteries carrying blood to the heart is the most common. Do yourself a favor and eliminate tobacco products, control high blood pressure/high cholesterol, exercise, and eat right.

Cancer

There is probably at least one person in your family that has developed cancer.  It is the second leading cause of death among baby boomers.  Early screenings for colon, breast, skin and prostate cancer can catch these diseases in the early stages while they are still highly treatable.

Arthritis and Joint Replacement 

Arthritis and joint replacement are common as we age.  Joint swelling and cartilage breakdown can be very painful.  Treatment options are extremely diverse.  You can choose from medication options, natural healing solutions or actual joint replacement.

Alzheimer’s

Unfortunately for baby boomers, Alzheimer’s disease is dramatically rising in our age group.  There is no cause or cure for Alzheimer’s.  It has quickly become the disease that baby boomers fear the most. While new research has not found a cure, it has begun to identify some key information to aid in identification and treatment.

I hope this information has given you a better idea of the boomer health challenges that we are all facing.  Make your health a priority.  Simple lifestyle changes can go a long way to keeping you healthy.  More importantly, many of these conditions are PREVENTABLE!  Don’t throw away your chance at a happy, healthy boomer life by making poor lifestyle choices.  You can find additional information in a Scripps Health article on the Top 10 Health Concerns of Baby Boomers.

Chief Boomer Sue at www.bestboomer.com

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