The CDC Health Guide for Older Americans
The latest edition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s State of Health and Aging in America report was released this year, and along with the leading causes of death for the elderly (heart disease, cancer, stroke, lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer's and diabetes) are included a series of recommendations to lead a longer and better life. These recommendations involve medical screening and follow-up, as well as lifestyle changes. Discount Medical Supplies also has countless products available that will benefit the user and assist in making a transition to a much healthier lifestyle much easier.
Mammograms and colorectal tests are still the best available methods for early detection of breast cancer and colon cancer, respectively. Women between the ages of 50 to 74 years old should undergo a mammography once every two years. People should schedule a colonoscopy once every ten years after turning 50; elderly individuals should also get fecal occult blood tests as often as possible.
Medication is also important to provide a better quality of life for older adults, both to prevent some conditions and to treat ones they’ve already been diagnosed with. Everyone should get pneumonia and flu shots; the former at least once, and the latter every fall. Moreover, if you’re one of the 60 million Americans diagnosed with high blood pressure, don’t be one of the less than 50% that doesn’t take their prescribed medications or regularly monitors their blood pressure levels with simple home digital blood pressure monitor. Elevated blood pressure can lead to cardiovascular disease, a major cause of illness and death in older adults. A low-sodium diet, quitting smoking and working out can also help to keep blood pressure in check.
Speaking of diet, smoking and exercise, five or more daily fruit and vegetable servings after reaching the age of 65 can decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Also, the CDC has a stop-smoking toolkit to help curtail one of the largest preventable causes of disease. And finally, aerobic exercise (walking, light jogging, bicycle riding, swimming, softball, tennis) and strength training (weight lifting, resistance exercises, sit-ups, push-ups, gardening, yoga) can improve heart rate and make you more resistant to injury.