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The ABCD’s of old age The ABCD’s of old age
“Now showing up in younger people” Yes the golden years should be the best for many but unfortunately bad diets, unhealthy lifestyles,  genes or... The ABCD’s of old age

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“Now showing up in younger people”

Yes the golden years should be the best for many but unfortunately bad diets, unhealthy lifestyles,  genes or not enough exercise has caused many to feel the aches and pains of old age all the more and for many sooner than expected.  To start with Alzheimer’s is a minimization of brain activity and is one form of Dementia and affects the memory, behavior and thinking.

Those who acquire it may have a close blood relative, are older, or have certain genes linked to AD.  Those with high blood pressure now should pay close attention to this as it has been linked to Alzheimer’s.  High blood pressure also arises in ones declining years and is a serious condition that can lead one to kidney failure, stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and other major health problems.  Those with high blood pressure can have it and not know for years but as time goes by it can damage the kidneys, heart and blood vessels.

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Coronary heart disease is caused by a gradual buildup of fat deposits in the walls of the coronary arteries which over time builds up and eventually can cause the arteries to close or chunks to break off and choke off the supply of oxygen to your heart and brain and cause you a very serious heart attack.  The medical term for this condition is atherosclerosis and the fatty material is known as atheroma.

Diabetes arises when the body produces little or no insulin to control the blood sugar level in one’s body. Glucose is the source of fuel for the human body and the organ which is responsible for it is the pancreas which produces insulin.  This insulin pushes the glucose into the bloodstream and into the fat, liver cells and muscle where it is used as fuel.  Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death based on U.S. death certificates in 2007.

There are many good things that we have to look forward to enjoying in our fading years and worrying and suffering from these four diseases should not be on our to do list but with a proper diet, fitness plan and healthy lifestyle one should be able to avoid all these all together.

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