There is no getting around it. As we get older, our bodies are not what they used to be. We, therefore, need to take more care of our health. Ensure you do not make the following common health mistakes that many seniors make and you can maintain your optimal health for years to come.
Not Eating Healthily
As you get older, your body will not absorb nutrients as well as it used to, so getting the right amount of nutrition during your senior years is vital if you want to stay healthy. By eating healthily, your muscles and bones can stay strong and your mind can stay alert, so do not make the mistake of ignoring your diet.
All of the food you eat is made up of macronutrients and micronutrients. The three main macros are protein, fats, and carbohydrates. You need lots of macros but only a small number of micronutrients. The latter is found in vitamins and minerals. The number of macronutrients your body needs depends on things like how much exercise you do and your personal lifestyle. But you can easily find out how many macronutrients your body needs, based on your personal circumstances, by using an online macro calculator.
Here are some good food sources for each of the three macros you need in your diet:
Not Drinking Enough Water
Seniors must not make the mistake of forgetting to drink water. It is vital you stay hydrated to stay healthy and alert. After all, 70% of your body is made up of water. Experts typically recommend that seniors drink at least 57.5 fluid ounces, or around 7 cups, of water per 24 hours.
Pretending They Are Not Getting Old
Some people deal with getting older better than others. But if you want to enjoy your senior years, you should accept the reality of the aging process. For one thing, an attitude of denial can lead to health problems. For instance, if you refuse to wear dentures, eyeglasses, or a hearing aid, or refuse to walk with a stick when you need such items, you will not be able to live life to the fullest. In turn, that could lead to staying indoors more. With less fitness, no sunshine, and no fresh air, your health could take a turn for the worse.
Not Talking About Their Health Problems
Many seniors also make the mistake of not talking about their health problems. But by not talking about your issues, you will not be able to take steps to make them better. Your condition could actually get worse. Sure, it can be embarrassing to talk to healthcare professionals, or even family members, about things like urinary difficulties. But if you leave symptoms unattended, your health will probably decline. Even if symptoms seem trivial, such as constipation, jaw pain, or stomach upsets, it is important you tell your doctor, as the symptoms could potentially indicate something more serious. The sooner you discuss your health issues, the sooner you can get treatment.
Not Asking Doctors to Repeat Themselves
It is great that you get to the doctor to discuss your health issues, but if you do not understand what your doctor tells you about your health problem or treatment, it could result in serious health consequences. If you do not fully understand what a doctor has told you, ask the doctor to repeat him or herself. It can be useful to take a family member with you to doctor appointments to ensure you comprehend everything.