With the advent of an aging society and the popularization of life-cycle health concepts, health issues in the elderly have attracted more and more attention. Everyone is the first person responsible for their own health, as are the elderly. At present, the elderly’s pursuit of health is constantly improving, but they must be wary of too late and fall into misunderstandings, which is not conducive to health.
In life, some elderly people always feel that their health is not good, and they often say: “Oh! People are not good for old age, all are sick…” These “all sick” elderly people are actually healthy.
In fact, this “disease” of the body is nothing more than high blood pressure, high blood sugar or abnormal blood lipids. Ask them again, these “illnesses” are also being treated. After taking medicine, blood pressure is basically normal and blood sugar is stable. The current health standards for the elderly in China make it clear that some elderly people have abnormal physical examination indicators, but they can reach a basically normal level after treatment. They are healthy elderly people. For example, an elderly person with high blood pressure, but taking antihypertensive drugs on time, the blood pressure can be controlled at 130/85 mmHg or 140/90 mmHg, is a healthy old man. Therefore, the elderly should face their own aging correctly and do not treat normal aging as a disease.
Don’t compare statistics with young people
This year, 73-year-old Zhu worked in a public institution before retiring. The welfare of the company was good and he organized physical examinations every year. After the new physical examination report comes out, Lao Zhu will take out the original physical examination report and compare it. If the data fluctuates slightly, it will be a little nervous. Later, Lao Zhu’s grandson went for a simple entry medical examination, but this physical examination report made Lao Zhu particularly uncomfortable, because he found that his grandson’s health indicators were very good, and none of them exceeded the standard. Lao Zhu felt that if he exercises and eats healthy every day, why can’t he reach the level of young people? In fact, a person’s physical health reaches its peak at the age of 25 and then begins to age, so don’t compare it with young people. Senescence is a natural law, like a flower blooming and fading, sunrise and sunset are inevitable. Just like aging occurs when a machine runs for a long time, the various human organs will also experience aging after years of use.
You should know that it is normal for the physical examination data of the elderly and the young to differ. If people are old, but still require the same energetic physique as young people, it is impossible. People must follow the rules to live better. Moreover, many “illnesses” of the elderly are actually not sick, but old. For example, some people can’t sleep well or sleep less, maybe because they secrete less melatonin and wake up after a short sleep; some people can’t eat, maybe because of oral function degradation, bad mouth or gastrointestinal Degeneration, weakened digestive function; some elderly people always feel unable to breathe, it may be due to decreased respiratory function, or poor heart function; some people can’t move their legs, it may be bone and joint degeneration, or it may be Osteoporosis, it may be muscle atrophy, and it may even be the degeneration of the nervous system…
If an old person pursues the same physical examination data as a young person, it is both difficult and unnecessary. Even if the inspection index does not meet the normal value, it can be maintained at a normal level after reasonable medication control, and can live like a normal person through treatment. This is a healthy elderly person.
Get along with symptoms
Lao Du is 70 years old and in good health. In the past two years, he has been urinating frequently and urgently, so he decided to be hospitalized for a systematic examination. Old Du said that he could cope with it during the day, but his night urination seriously affected his sleep, and he usually got up five or six times a night. So Lao Du was admitted to the hospital, thinking about an operation to completely solve this problem.
After he finished the relevant examinations, the urologist gave the final diagnosis that an enlarged prostate had caused urination disorders. But the doctor does not recommend surgery, as long as some medicines will improve.
In fact, older men may not have to undergo surgery if they have an enlarged prostate. After many elderly patients with enlarged prostate were hospitalized, the examination found that the degree of their enlarged prostate was not very serious, mainly because the patients felt bad personally, especially when they got up frequently at night, which affected their sleep. But only oral medications can significantly improve symptoms. Especially for patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia, the organs are actually aging. After diagnosis, taking 1 pill every day before going to bed can reduce the frequency of nocturia to twice a night.
Some “exceeding standards” are beneficial
It is recommended that healthy elderly people have a physical examination once a year. Those with underlying diseases or health risks should have a physical examination every six months or three months under the guidance of a doctor to treat diseases as soon as possible and do not take health as a burden.
It should be noted that when people reach old age, organ function degrades, and many health reference indicators should also change. Take hypertension as an example. The previous standard believed that a person’s blood pressure exceeding 120/80 mmHg means that the blood pressure is too high. However, for the elderly, there is no problem if the high pressure does not exceed 150 mm Hg and the low pressure does not exceed 90 mm Hg. The latest consensus now believes that for the elderly, such as those around 80 years old, the high pressure does not exceed 160 mmHg and the low pressure does not exceed 100 mmHg are within a reasonable range. After using antihypertensive drugs, it will be counterproductive.
Own mindset is very important
The same is aging, but the process and results of aging are different for each person. This difference is manifested in the fact that some people’s physical indicators are still normal at the age of 80, and some people are 60 years old, and the whole body is sick. This is individual difference. Even if the inspection index does not meet the normal value, it can be maintained at a normal level after reasonable drug use is controlled.
In general, as age increases, most people will have normal physiological changes. If the symptoms are mild, treat it as normal aging, and live in peace with the symptoms without affecting your life. If you have a bad appetite, you can eat less and more meals, more whole grains and light foods, and change your living habits to cater to the changes in your body. If you take blind treatment at this time, it will be overkill.
Faced with some common symptoms of aging, the mentality of the elderly is very important. We must face up to our own aging and some of the mild symptoms of aging. Don’t be too nervous when you feel a little discomfort. Family and children should also provide relief and care to the elderly to prevent them from taking inappropriate treatments because they do not understand the situation.
Of course, we cannot treat all diseases as aging, the key is to look at the degree. If there is a serious physical problem, such as severe pain or hindering normal life, you still have to go to the hospital for consultation and follow the doctor’s advice for corresponding treatment.