Old Age: Preparing For The Inevitable

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Any individual would like a long and happy life. However, old age is an unavoidable condition that each and every person will eventually reach. Old age is dreaded due to the ailments and difficulties associated with it, both physical and mental. Additionally, these ailments and conditions often leaves one bed-ridden and lifeless, making of them a meaningless existence. In terms of appearance, old age come with wrinkles, liver spots, extreme weight gain or extreme weight loss, and an overall aged and saggy appearance. This has led to the rapid growth of a multibillion dollar anti-ageing products industry, ranging from simple creams to cosmetic surgical procedures.

Ageing is affected by your genetic makeup and heredity, and some people age better than others. For instance, if your family has a history of Alzheimer’s disease or hearing loss, then you may be more susceptible to these ailments due to heredity.

However, with a few good habits, it’s possible to age gracefully and with less ailments, both inside and out

Following an adequate diet and exercise regimen during your lifetime will allow you to avoid certain illnesses. For example, eating a diet rich in calcium and iron would enable you to avoid issues with bone health, such as brittle bones, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis. Furthermore, including vitamin-rich foods such as green leaves, fruits and vegetable into your diet on a daily basis will provide you with a strong immune system even in old age. Avoiding too much sugar and sweets can assist in minimizing the risk of developing diabetes in the future. Lowering the fat content as well as avoiding bad cholesterol types will provide you with protection against contracting high cholesterol levels or heart disease.

A good diet rich in vitamin C and important minerals as well as drinking plenty of water will also enable you to keep your hair and skin hydrated and healthy, and improve your appearance, and this will minimize wrinkles and fine lines when ageing.

The same benefits are received by using protection to shield your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, such as sunscreen. The harmful ultra violet rays of the sun can also lead to skin cancers, and continuous exposure over the years can actually age you faster and make one look years older.

In terms of exercise, daily exercise will keep your organ functioning well and improve your circulation. This provides both physical and mental benefits. It also helps in reducing the risk of conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, and even obesity; all debilitating conditions in old age.