Baby Boomers: Health Issues

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Are there specific health issues I should be aware of?

Baby Boomers: Health Issues

A baby boomers born at the early end of the baby boomer generation is now in his or her 50s and 60s. Though baby boomers are much healthier than their parents, and tend to live longer, age related health issues can still crop up.

Some of the health related issues include increased cholesterol levels, arthritis, and diabetes. Some of these health issues, if left unchecked can lead to more severe health issues, such as aneurysms and knee replacement surgery.

It is important for anyone over 55 to get their cholesterol checked, make sure their heart is in good condition, and have other issues such as diabetes and arthritis under control, either through diet or medications. Men should have their prostrate checked regularly for prostrate issues and cancer. Women should have a mammogram every month.

Another thing that should be checked regularly, via a CT scan, is for aneurysms. Aneurysms can be present in both men and women, but are present in men five times more than in women. Risk factors include weight, diabetes, smoking and genes.

   

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