How to Treat 7 Typical Health Problems in Your 50’s

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It’s been said that once you hit your 50s, it’s time to “check the engine light” on your body. Individuals’ bodies change over time and it’s imperative that you adapt appropriately to avoid major health risks during the aging process. In this article, you will find seven health problems an increasing number of Generation-Xers are facing as the 50s take over their lives.

High Blood Pressure

It sneaks up on you, not always a significant problem at first. Many people try to write it off as being nervous at the doctor’s office also known as white coat hypertension. But, when it continually happens visit after visit, or when you have to take your blood pressure at the grocery store, it’s time to admit that your blood pressure numbers have become an issue. The good news is that there are basic steps you can take to keep it under control, such as exercising on a regular basis, eating healthy, and finding better ways to deal with stress.


While women may seek menopause treatment in their 40s or 50s, the average age for the onset of menopause is 51. How do you know if you’re suffering from symptoms of menopause? First, determine when your last period occurred. If it’s been at least one year, then the disrupted sleep, low energy, and moodiness can probably be attributed to this natural biological occurrence. Some women may never need to see a doctor, but others should at least discuss their symptoms with a professional.

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It’s true this condition strikes people of all ages. But as we age, the chances of contracting diabetes increase. Typically, the signs of diabetes include increased thirst, urination, or extreme tiredness. However, these can be easily overlooked if one is not vigilant. It’s important to know that diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and other health conditions. Make sure your doctor screens for this condition yearly.


Obesity is linked to diabetes and is very common as one enters their 50s. In fact, between the ages of 45 and 74 people tend to suffer from it more. Other than diabetes, obesity is linked to heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. Experts recommend one have more at-home meals and avoid take out and fast food to stay clear of obesity. They also suggest having a balanced diet that doesn’t eliminate any one type of food but instead embraces all food groups.


It’s true that arthritis is common in adults over 50 years of age, but it’s not necessarily normal in the aging process. Osteoarthritis most often occurs in the hands, hips, knees, and spinal joints. It is important to know there are steps you can take to avoid this painful condition. Movement and regular exercise is one of the key ingredients to a pain-free lifestyle as well as partaking in a well-balanced eating plan.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD causes inflammation, blocking air from reaching the lungs. The symptoms only show up in the early and late 50s as it is a slow-moving disease. Signs include trouble breathing, increased coughing, wheezing, and spitting up mucus. Again, a healthy diet and avoiding smoking or even second-hand smoking can assist in avoiding this disease.

Hearing Loss

While only about 2% of the adult population between the ages of 45 and 54 experience debilitating hearing loss, the number increases to 8.5% in the 55-64 age group. If you’re not hearing as well as you used to, talk with a doctor about the issue. It could be genetic, lifestyle-related, or a side effect of medicines.

As noted, living a healthy lifestyle before you hit your 50s is the best answer to a healthy middle age. But if you haven’t, all hope is not lost. Start a new, healthier regimen today.

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