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Unexpected Health Concerns For Senior Citizens

By Loren Gutentag · May 4, 2024

10 Sneaky Health Conditions after 40

Are you over the age of 40? According to the National Institutes of Health, studies have shown a historical change in midlife health and your birthday present after 40 may be new health concerns you’ve never experienced before. From bladder issues to mental health concerns, here's an overview of potential midlife health conditions and how to manage them.  Esther Ann on Unsplash

Bladder Challenges

Although overactive bladder (OAB) can happen at any age, studies have shown that it becomes more common in middle age individuals, leading to frequent urination or urgency. Solutions range from bladder retraining to muscle relaxers. It might not be easy to talk about your symptoms. But if the symptoms distress you or disrupt your life, talk to your healthcare professional.   Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels

Perimenopausal Symptoms

Mid-40s can mark the onset of perimenopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and irregular periods. Hormone therapy may offer relief from these disruptions,  according to The American College of College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels

Kidney Stones

With age, the risk of painful kidney stones increases. According to MedlinePlus, it’s important to stay hydrated and even make dietary adjustments to help prevent their formation.  Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Both men and women face heightened susceptibility to UTIs in their 40s. Antibiotics are commonly used for treatment, while dietary changes can support prevention.  Photo by Polina Zimmerman on Pexels

Food Allergies

Although most food allergies develop when you are a child, they can, rarely, develop as an adult. For adults, the most common food allergies are shellfish – both crustaceans and mollusks – as well as tree nuts, peanuts and fish, states the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. While causes vary, being watchful for symptoms and seeking an allergist's guidance is crucial.  Photo by Kindel Media on Pexels


Joint discomfort may arise around the 40s due to cartilage wear A balanced diet and appropriate exercise can aid in prevention, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.   Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels

High Blood Pressure

If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension or high blood pressure, it's crucial to take control of your health because if left unchecked, it ups your odds of heart attacks and strokes. A few strategies for managing high blood pressure include: Medication prescribed by your provider, incorporating regular exercise into your routine, cutting back on sodium intake and finding ways to reduce stress in your daily life.  Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

Erectile Dysfunction

As you age, getting and sustaining an erection might become more challenging. This difficulty often stems from underlying medical issues like obesity, hypertension, or metabolic syndrome, which can restrict blood flow to the penis, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) states. While medications can offer assistance, nurturing intimacy can also be valuable.   Photo by cottonbro studio on Pexels

Skin Cancer

It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Before age 50, rates are higher in women compared to men. After age 50, and in general, men have higher rates. It’s important to regularly check for changes in moles and don’t forget to use sunscreen daily for prevention, according to The American Academy of Dermatology.   Photo by Moose Photos on Pexels

Depression or Anxiety

Stressors are unique in individuals over 40. Whether you’re dealing with financial worries, caring for aging parents, raising children if you have them, or seeing changes in your appearance, it’s important to seek support through therapy or social connections.  Photo by Kampus Production on Pexels

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