Health Problems to watch out for when you are nearing 50


1. Introduction:

If you are nearing 50 or have just turned 50 you cannot take your body for granted anymore. The primary reason being it’s a period that may witness the onset of many chronic and serious illnesses, if not dealt carefully. Here are some of the most common types of illnesses one may acquire at that age

2. Heart Attack

It is one of the most talked-about condition once you cross 50, and for a good reason! As per a 2016 study by the American Heart Association, the average age of Indians who suffered from heart attack was 52. Some warning signs you should look for are discomfort or pain in the chest and arms, shortness of breath, cold sweat, and lightheadedness.

3. Diabetes

In India, it affects over 7.2 crore people,1 accounting for half of the world’s diabetes population. No wonder it has been titled as the country’s fastest-growing disease. Here’s a fact that will directly concern you – among Indians, the average age when you get diabetes is 42.5 years. Early signs and symptoms include increased thirst & hunger, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision, among others.

4. Hypertension

In a 2012 study, 46% of India’s citizens who were around 49 years of age suffered from Hypertension. Commonly known as high blood pressure, it can manifest itself into hypertensive heart disease (heart problems caused by HPB) and stroke, if untreated. Since hypertension is often symptomless and a chronic condition, it’s important to get yourself checked on a regular basis.

5. Osteoporosis

It’s a condition where your bones become weak and which in turn increases the risk of fractures. In India, 42.5% women and 24.6% men above the age of 50 years suffer from osteoporosis. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to identify this problem at a very early stage. However, some signs that may indicate are back pain, loss of height over time and hunchback posture.

6. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

It is essentially the enlargement of the prostate gland. It’s a non-cancerous growth and a common health issue in men above 40 years of age. In fact, in India, over 50% of men over the age of 50 have BPH1. And by age of 60, most men reportedly suffer from this condition. Most symptoms are associated with urination including increased frequency of urination at night, urine stream that starts and stops, inability to completely empty the bladder.

7. Breast Cancer

It’s the most reported form of cancer among females in India1. A staggering 30% of breast cancer patients in India fall in the 50-60 age group2. An equally alarming aspect is that the percentage of breast cancer among the youth is growing rapidly3. Therefore, it’s imperative to get a clinical breast examination from an expert regularly after you cross 30. Experts may advise for a mammogram as a breast screening tool.

8. 50 is the new 60 today!

Life is more stressful these days than it ever was before. Poor lifestyle choices, increasing stress at workplaces, increasing addictions, rising pollution levels, altered dietary patterns, etc. are resulting in people ageing much earlier and having to deal with more health problems than one. Therefore, there’s no better time to start taking care of your health than now!

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