It’s not easy to maintain your health as you age, but once you start, the healthy habits can stick. In your 60s, you’ll need to be aware of a few health ailments that could affect your daily living. With retirement just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure you’re feeling your best as you enjoy more leisurely tasks during these relaxing years in your life.
Arthritis in Men
Pain in the joints is not a pleasant experience as our joints are involved in nearly every movement we make. This pain is caused by inflammation, and inflammation of our joints can increase as we age. How can you stop arthritis from happening or help your joints feel better once it has happened? Discussing treatment options with your doctor such as physical therapy, cold applications, and making sure you exercise appropriately can help. For your diet, some people find spicy foods to be helpful as well as eating fatty acids, such as from fish.
Bone Loss in Men in their 60s
Bone loss continues as you age, as does your risk for osteoporosis. Although women are more likely than men to get osteoporosis, the bone loss issue in men should not be overlooked. Discuss taking a calcium supplement with your doctor and what amount you should take; most men in their 60s need over 1,000 mg a day to maintain their bone health. Exercising and strength building can help prevent osteoporosis as well.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia simply means an enlarged prostate in men. Although this is not cancer, it is still a health issue that can affect your urination. You may feel like you need to urinate often, but then not be able to urinate or have a weak stream of urine. You may also experience trouble starting and stopping urination. Although BPH cannot lead to cancer, your doctor may want to perform some tests to rule out cancer if you have symptoms of BPH. If you have any of these symptoms, follow up with your doctor.
Heart Disease in Men
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. You can keep your heart healthy by exercising and eating well. And if you smoke, it’s never too late to stop. It may take several tries to quit so don’t give up, and discuss resources and aids to help you with your quitting. Eating more fruits, vegetables, and nuts as well as aiming to exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week can decrease your risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure as you age.
Incontinence in Men in their 60s
Your risk for incontinence, or loss of bladder control, increases in your 60s. Symptoms include “leaking” urine when you laugh, cough, or sneeze (stress incontinence) and having uncontrollable urges to urinate (urge incontinence). The good news is that this is a preventable problem and is easily remedied with exercises, provided other issues are not concurrent. It’s best to check in with your doctor. With stress incontinence, your bladder muscles are too weak, but with urge incontinence, they are too active. What can you do about this? For both of these types of incontinence, strengthening your muscles down there with exercises can help.
Enjoy your 60s with good health—it’s a great decade in your life and you can live it in good health. Know your risks for certain types of cancer or other medical conditions, and remember that heart disease affects everyone. It’s never been more important to eat well and exercise.