As you approach your 50s noticeable changes like loss of muscle, bone, collagen and a slower metabolism are inevitable. There’s no stopping the aging process, but with a few important lifestyle adjustments you can slow it down. Not This, Eat That! Health talked to highly regarded medical experts in the country to find out what to expect when you hit this milestone age and what advice they give for making the most of it healthwise. Read on to see 5 key things specialists recommend doing to stay in top shape and the health habits you should avoid if over 50—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Anyone 50-something can probably attest to experiencing a significant change in their body and Dr. Parham Yashar, MD FACS FAANS Board Certified Neurosurgeon at Dignity Health Northridge Hospital, explains what can occur in someone over 50. “Our cardiovascular risk increases as patients can develop coronary artery disease, atherosclerotic disease, hypertension—which is why it’s very important to obtain appropriate sleep, regular exercise, follow up with your doctor and take any necessary or recommended medication, and to minimize stress. Our bones and joints can become weaker especially with an activity which is why it is critical to maintain appropriate exercise, calcium and vitamin D supplementation and to avoid smoking. Our G.I. systems can become more susceptible to constipation especially with limited activity, limited fluid and water intake during the day, and as a result of certain medications. Additional changes can also affect our skin, gums and teeth, memory and thinking abilities, and eye/ears just to name a few.”
Habits Dr. Yashar suggests to avoid include being,”stagnation and monotony. Stay active both physically and socially. Stay on top of your health and see your doctor at least on an annual basis. Get regular checkups, colonoscopy and mammograms as per your family physician. Eat healthful foods and enjoy everything in moderation. Read, exercise, and keep your mind active by trying to learn new tasks, hobbies and skills.”
We all know to stay away from certain foods like anything processed, but it’s that much more important to do so after 50 according to cardiologist Dr. Sam Kalioundji MD FACC/Kalheart. “As patient’s age into their 50s, diet and lifestyle become more and more critical in maintaining health. Emphasizing moderation! Elimination of processed foods (basically anything packaged or processed – middle aisles of your normal grocery store). Stay on the perimeter. Fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken and fish, legumes. Substitute and reduce bread, pasta, rice with vegetables and legumes. Lentils are a well kept secret super food rich in fiber and protein …….