While there are some issues with aging that we expect and perhaps prepare for, others catch us completely off guard.
Let’s explore the problems with age that you may not see coming.
When you are younger, your teeth are far more resilient. You might know this because you’ll typically find before you reach about eighteen, you had never heard of flossing. Suddenly, the dentist starts to suggest that you should be doing this at least once a day. When you were young you could also get away with skipping brushing your teeth twice a day. You could even consume sugary snacks or drink coffee and not notice marks start to develop on your teeth. Unfortunately, this changes as you get older. You do start to notice differences as your teeth yellow. But that’s just cosmetic and while it can be troubling, it’s not something that you need to worry about.
You do, however, need to be worried about the build of plaque. This can eventually lead to issues with gingivitis and eventually tooth decay. The first signs of this will be a hard build up of plaque on your teeth that will not be removed from brushing. Instead, you will need to book an appointment with a hygienist for scaling and polish. It’s not particularly pleasant but it is necessary. A later sign of this issue is going to be your gum line receding. If your teeth look longer, it might not be an optical illusion. There could be more exposed as your gums essentially shrink. You should also be wary if you notice that your gums are bleeding more than normal.
The good news is that if caught early tooth decay can be reversed and significantly reduced. This can mean that you don’t need to worry about replacing your teeth with implants or dentures. The important thing is when you notice a problem, seek professional help. They’ll be able to tell you how to take more care of your teeth.
As you age, you might also notice an issue with chronic pain. Chronic pain can occur anywhere in your body. It could be in your fingers, your joints, your back or various other areas. It also has a number of different causes. For instance, when you were younger, you might have suffered from an injury. As you get older, this can grow and become more severe. When you hurt yourself, it’s possible that you might not have felt any pain at all. However, as you get older things can change.
An injury may have caused a crack or chip in the bone. This won’t be apparent at first but it can gradually get worse. At this point, it could be hurting you constantly. This is why if you are injured, you should always get it checked out. Even if it’s not causing you any pain or concern at the moment.
Chronic pain can also be caused by a medical condition such as RSI or even arthritis. These become more problematic and common as you get older. RSI is actually the most common injury in the office today. It’s caused by typing constantly without breaks and in the wrong posture. If you do this, you might develop minor pain but again, as you age this can grow. That’s why you should make sure that you are adjusting and correcting the issue now. Arm splints can help ensure that you keep your wrists and other areas of your hands in the right position. You can also think about making sure that you are operating in an ergonomic environment.
Of course, if you are already suffering from chronic pain, then it’s important to consider pain management. Thankfully, there are a lot of options on the market today available to you beyond the typical or traditional medication options. If you are suffering from pain in your back, then you might want to speak to a doctor about surgery. With surgery, you can make sure that you are able to get the solution that you need. This can actually provide a permanent fix.
Alternatively, you might want to consider red light therapy. Red light therapy can provide a deep level of treatment that does reduce levels of pain throughout the body. Another option that you would be smart to consider is electric stimulation. While this sounds quite terrifying and perhaps a little like science fiction, it does work. Either in short or long bursts, electric stimulation can provide a real form of pain relief for those suffering from chronic pain. It causes the release of endorphins in problem areas.
Most people don’t want to think about cancer. We don’t even want to consider the possibility because it’s just too frightening. It’s a possibility that is simply far too ugly and unpleasant to consider. But it’s important to consider a few facts. First, cancer does become more of a common issue as you age. You also become more likely to develop the most dangerous forms such as bowel cancer. The good news is that the majority of cancerous conditions do have high survival rates and this includes testicular cancer. However, you still need to be more wary of the signs.
While some cancers like pancreatic cancer can develop without any signs at all, a lot of them to do. Some of the common signs of cancer include unexplained pain that develops gradually or suddenly. Lumps and bumps are another sign to watch out for. Most will disappear within two weeks, but if they don’t or grow, it’s time to visit a doctor.
Even if you notice these signs, then there’s a good chance once you visit a doctor, you’ll find that it’s not anything to worry about after all. However, it’s still important to get things checked out, just in case. The earlier you catch cancer, the more positive the typical prognosis will be from a doctor.
It can be difficult to get a diagnosis of cancer. However, be aware that medicine is constantly evolving and there are also clinical trials. So, you should be able to find the treatment that you require.
Be aware that there is a condition called early-onset dementia. As the name suggests, this is a condition that occurs far earlier compared to the typical type of dementia. It is possible to suffer from this in your early forties or late thirties. If you do, then you might notice clear signs of problems with your cognition. This might include anything from memory trouble to difficulty finding the right words. Motor control can also be impacted. If you have been noticing cognitive issues, then you should again, make sure you are visiting a doctor.
You might also find that you have trouble with this far later in life. Be aware that rates of dementia grow significantly over age groups. By the time you reach eighty, you are more likely to have the signs of dementia than not.
There is no research to suggest that you can avoid dementia completely. However, there’s a lot of research into reducing the chance of developing this condition. It’s worth exploring these options to find one that could benefit you.
For instance, some researchers believe that reducing passive activities in your life as much as possible like watching TV could be the best option.
We hope this helps you understand some of the conditions that you perhaps don’t expect but can be an issue as you age. If you take the right steps, you can reduce the chance of developing these issues or perhaps catch them early.