Things you’re doing wrong after 50, health experts say — eat this, not that

Are you living your best life after 50? “We’re always told to start saving for retirement when we’re young because it adds up and our investment grows.” says Stephen Schimpff, MD, MACP, author of Longevity decoded: The seven keys to healthy aging. “What I wrote is the same message: If you start early, the benefits will compound over time.” Here are five things eroding your health and happiness after 50. Read on – and don’t miss these to protect your health and the health of others Sure signs you already had COVID.

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Numerous studies show how important friendships and community are to our physical and emotional well-being, especially after 50. “Later in life, when our friends move away and die and our mobility decreases, the risk of loneliness increases.” says Karen Riddell JD. “So as we get older, it becomes crucial for us to invest time in social activities, join social groups and get to know the people we see regularly whenever possible. Even simple social interactions with people at the local coffee shop or grocery store can greatly transform how you feel connected and cared for.”

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Experts warn that the risk of developing osteoporosis increases after the age of 50. “While the disease is more common in women, men are also susceptible to osteoporosis,” says Heather Buschman, PhD. “The misconception that osteoporosis is a ‘women’s disease’ probably stems from the fact that women are at risk a bit earlier in life, typically in their 50s, right around menopause… The biggest concern is: about one in four men over the age of 50 a bone will break due to osteoporosis. However, women are far more likely to have their bone density tested and start taking calcium and vitamin D supplements after a bone fracture.”

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“According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking is increasing among seniors aged 50 and older.” says Joseph Nowinski PhD. “Indeed, seniors represent the segment of the population for which alcohol consumption has increased the most. Why could that be a problem? Because our bodies metabolize alcohol more slowly as we age, the carcinogen stays in the body longer, where it can aggravate conditions like high blood pressure, memory loss, diabetes and neurological problems.”

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Exercise is incredibly important to protecting heart and brain health after 50, doctors say. “Exercise is also one of the best things you can do to prevent dementia and other cognitive changes.” says Argye Hillis, MD.

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People over 50 are at increased risk of developing serious COVID-19 complications, particularly for those who are behind on immunizations and booster shots. “COVID-19 isn’t just dangerous for the elderly, it’s extremely dangerous for people in their mid-fifties, sixties and seventies.” says Andrew Levin, an economist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, who estimates that for a 60-year-old, contracting the virus is more than 50 times more likely to die than driving. ATo protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of them 35 places where you are most likely to contract COVID.

Ferozan Mast

Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for bringing science and research-backed information to a wide audience. Continue reading

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