Preventing Diseases

Disease can affect every part of the body, not least including: the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and eyes. What can we do to reduce the chances of getting these diseases?

Statins

According to the National Health Service, “Statins are a group of medicines that can help lower the level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as ‘bad cholesterol’, and statins reduce the production of it inside the liver.Having a high level of LDL cholesterol is potentially dangerous, as …

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Arthritis

While not life-threatening, arthritis can be debilitating, and is a particularly common problem among the over 60s. The National Health Service states that “arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints.”There are …

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Obesity

The US Centers for Disease Control defines obesity as follows: “Weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese.” Obesity gets a special mention in 2020 as it’s been shown that it’s an underlying factor in the likelihood of death from coronavirus. …

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Blood Tests

“Full Blood Count” or “Complete Blood Count” This is the most common and routine type of blood test. WebMD.com in summary says: A complete blood count is a test that counts the cells that make up your blood, and it can tell your doctor a lot about your overall health. It measures:• Red blood cells. …

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Liver Disease

According to the Mayo Clinic, Liver disease can be inherited (genetic), but Liver problems can also be caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, alcohol use and obesity.Controllable factors that may increase your risk of liver disease include:• Heavy alcohol use• Obesity• Type 2 diabetes• Exposure to other people’s …

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Osteoporosis

When we think of maintaining bone health as we get older, one topic is mentioned more than any other: Osteoporosis And in terms of preventive measures, three things get regular mention:• Calcium• Vitamin D• Exercise The Mayo Clinic has this to say about osteoporosis:Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. …

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COPD

The primary preventable disease of the lung is Lung Cancer.Influenza and Pneumonia also cause a significant proportion of deaths in older people. But aside from these causes of death, Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is also a killer. It’s usually diagnosed as two conditions that cause breathing difficulties: Emphysema (damaged lungs), and Chronic Bronchitis (inflammation …

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Pneumonia

Pneumonia is inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs, and, like Influenza, is a major cause of death for older people.It’s usually caused by a bacterial infection, and with older people it’s particularly serious, with every likelihood of needing hospital treatment. It can be caused by a number of factors, including having influenza, …

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