Aging Program

Tips for healthy aging
Control your blood pressure

It is possible to have high blood pressure (hypertension) without any symptoms. Do not make it any less serious because of hypertension, left untreated, can cause strokes, heart disease, vision problems and kidney failure.

*Normal blood pressure: systolic pressure (the higher the first number of the result) should be below 120 and diastolic pressure (the bottom, the second number) must be below 80, an example of normal blood pressure would be 119 / 79.

*High blood pressure: If the high pressure (first number) will be between 120 and 139, or low (the second number) between 80 and 89, you can run the risk of having hypertension.

*High blood pressure: a person is considered to have high blood pressure when placed above 140/90 on two tests.

Measures can be taken to control blood pressure:
*Maintain a healthy weight.

*Exercise every day.

*Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

*Cut down on salt and sodium products.

*Reduce alcohol consumption.

*Follow the health professional. If a change in habits is not enough to control blood pressure, you may be prescribed medication or nutritional supplement, and if so, follow the instructions you are given.

Control your cholesterol
Cholesterol is a waxy substance similar to fat that is present throughout the body, even in the heart. It is essential to life in certain amounts, but when it deposits form in the blood, increases the risk of heart disease (cardiovascular disease) or stroke.

Measures you can take: A healthy diet and exercise can help. Failure to work, you may have to give medication to control cholesterol.

*Changes in habits for therapeutic purposes (TLC acronym in English): Follow your diet to reduce cholesterol (eat less foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium), be active and control your weight.

*Supplementation: Take nutritional supplements as directed by the therapist together with the measures outlined above to reduce the level of low density lipoprotein (LDL).

Maintain a healthy weight
As a person ages, overweight increases the risk for various health problems: diabetes type 2 (a high level of blood glucose), hypertension, heart disease and stroke, certain cancers, sleep apnea (interrupted breathing for short periods during sleep) and osteoarthritis (wearing away of the joints), among others.

Measures you can take: You have the possibility to improve your health with just down from five to fifteen percent of their weight. To maintain a healthy weight:

*Keep a diary of their diet.

*Go to the market without hunger.

*Eat smaller portions.

*Be realistic, your goal should be to lose weight slowly and gradually.

*Seek support from family and friends.

*Do not blame yourself if you ever notice that has regressed in its efforts, it is normal that you sometimes overdo.

*Remember that exercise should be part of your weight loss plan.

If you spend more calories than you consume in a short time begin to lose weight. You must remember that as we get older, you can lose up to forty percent of muscle mass, however, you may retrieve it by performing the exercises.

Measures you can take: Ask your doctor or health professional about the type of exercise you should do and how often you can practice. An appropriate goal for most healthy individuals, is to practice some physical activity four to six times a week, 30 to 60 minutes each time.

Do not smoke
Smoking is the most common risk in cases of lung cancer, which is what produces the greatest number of deaths in this country, besides being related to many other cancers. The snuff also increases the risk of chronic lung disease, heart disease and various health disorders.

Do not drink excessively
Binge drinking increases the risk of certain cancers, such as the liver, esophagus, throat and larynx. It can also cause liver cirrhosis, immune system disorders and brain damage. Women should not drink alcohol during pregnancy, the effects on the fetus may be permanent.

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