There are many risks that can threaten the physical and mental health at any time during each stage of your life. A poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress make can increase your susceptibility to ailments at each stage. Medical experts from the China International Academy of Medical & Biological Engineering reported that a person crosses through 6 stages during their lifespan. How many have you crossed?
20 to 30 years of age
At around this stage, the incidence of prostate-related symptoms in men starts to increase. Because the prostate gland tends to grow larger with age, it may squeeze the urethra and cause problems in passing urine. Sometimes, men in their 20s and 30s may begin to have these urinary symptoms and need medical attention. Those with a family history of prostrate problems should strive to improve their lifestyles and drink plenty of water to help improve prostate health.
A majority of migraine patients are female during this stage. Fluctuations in estrogen seem to trigger headaches in many women. Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, when they have a major drop in estrogen. Others have an increased tendency to develop migraines during pregnancy. Women at high risk should establish a daily routine with regular sleep patterns and meals. In addition, they should try to control stress.
30 to 40 years of age
A man’s incidence of digestive ailments increases in his 30s and 40s. Liver problems, such as a fatty liver disease, and stomach ailments, such as indigestion and chronic gastritis, as well as inflammatory bowel disease, are common ailments during this stage. A healthy diet, exercise, and the avoidance of alcohol and spicy food are recommend for those at high risk.
Women often encounter a variety of menstrual disorders during this stage, such as prolonged menstrual periods and excessive blood loss. It is advised to avoid heavy physical work and not to have sex during one’s menstrual period to help prevent excessive menstrual flow.
40 to 50 years of age
The incidence of heart disease and the risk of diabetes related to hypertension increases in this stage in men. A healthy weight, a good diet that includes high fiber, and exercise are recommended for high risk individuals.
Many women experience menopause at this stage. Every woman experiences her midlife years differently. The changes that occur during this stage, including changes in sexual well-being, are typically caused by a mix of both menopause and aging, as well as by typical midlife stresses and demands. Menopause is a natural process, with treatments that focus on symptomatic relief.
50 to 60 years of age
Diabetes affects men at an increasing rate in this stage, at a rate that is twice that of women. High risk men are advised to lose weight if it is above the healthy-weight range, work their muscles to improve their ability to use insulin and absorb glucose, and eat a healthy, high fiber diet every day.
Certain traits, conditions, or habits may raise a woman’s risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) during this stage. Risk factors, such as smoking and diabetes, put women at greater risk for CHD and a heart attack compared to men. Also, a triglyceride level greater than 150 mg/dL also increases a woman’s risk for CHD.
60 to 70 years of age
The risk of a stroke among men increases in this stage and is slightly higher than that of women. Certain risk factors can increase a man’s chances of having a stroke. Poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, smoking, and drinking alcohol in excess are examples of lifestyle stroke risk factors. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and circulation problems are all or medical risk factors for a stroke.
The incidence of osteoporosis among women increases during this stage. As women age, bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Treatments for osteoporosis, in addition to prescription osteoporosis medications, include stopping the use of alcohol and cigarettes, and assuring adequate exercise, calcium, and vitamin D.
70 to 80 years of age
Vascular disease among men increases during this stage. The vascular system is the body’s network of blood vessels. It includes the arteries, veins, and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart. Problems of the vascular system are common and can be serious. Arteries can become thick and stiff, a problem called atherosclerosis. Blood clots can clog vessels and block blood flow to the heart or brain. Weakened blood vessels can burst, causing bleeding inside the body. Losing weight, eating healthy foods, being active, and not smoking can help prevent vascular disease.
Incidents of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) increase among women in this stage. MCI causes a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills. A person with MCI is at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Several dietary and lifestyle changes can help reduce age-related cognitive decline, including avoiding a diet high in simple sugars and saturated fats, cognitive stimulation and training, including playing chess or mahjong, and exercise.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translated by Chua BC.