Seniors, your habits may be ruining your health

By: Dr. Victor Marchione | heart health | Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – 5:04 a.m.


habits affecting your health is easy to fall into the habit. Every day, doing the same thing can be a comfort.

Could be anything to tie his left shoe before your right to have a boiled egg and toast for breakfast. These are the things we think safe to do and that make us what we are. Older people, especially when they are retired and have no children living at home, can fall into a routine that makes them feel safe and comfortable, knowing what to do and what to expect.

But ever the possibility that some of your daily habits may actually be hurting your health?

Here is a list of habits that can relate to, without realizing they are affecting your health in a negative way.

nail biting

You may not think much about it, but nail biting is not the best way to spend time. People who nail bite often do because of anxiety or as a stress reliever. With seniors, stress and even depression can result from feelings of isolation and being disconnected from society work. And you may not even realize how often you are nibbling those fingernails.

Men, turns out they are more likely to bite their nails as women. So how can something so small and insignificant that hurt?

Not only biting nails make for an ugly look, but can cause deformities nail damage the outer layer of the teeth, and – the kicker – harmful bacteria persists under your fingernails. Ingestion of these bacteria can cause long-term illnesses such as vomiting, staph infections, toxic shock syndrome and even blood poisoning.

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So how you can leave the common habit? You may want to invest in a good manicure every two weeks (that want to ruin the beautiful nails?) Or some counter products can make your nails bad taste. If they do not seem to work, anxiety and stress can be the biggest problem we need to address, so consult a health care professional.

Nobody likes to feel judged, especially by a doctor. You may think it is just a small fib when he says that only drink alcohol twice a week (when in fact a bottle of wine is opened every night after dinner), but even something that you consider negligible can affect your health.

This can be a troublesome habit for the elderly since this age group consume more prescription drugs that can interact with each other in a bad way. What you should never lie about the medicines you take, how they are taking them, or any lifestyle that participate.

Nobody wins when you do not tell your doctor the whole story. This can lead to a misdiagnosis, the adverse drug interactions and unnecessary tests.

Always be sure to tell your doctor what supplements or other programs that are following and what you are feeling. An easy way to make sure you get all information at all is to prepare a list so that nothing is left out.

Not getting enough sleep

Perhaps the night before his favorite program was having a marathon and by the time you hit the sack that was somewhere near sunrise. Of course, if you do this once in a blue moon it may not affect you too bad, but if you find yourself dodging bedding, this can have important consequences.

Sleep deprivation is common among the elderly. In fact, they tend to sleep an hour less than 70 years of what he did in his 20 years. New research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have identified why older people are at higher risk of sleep disorders such as insomnia and night wandering :. The decrease in brain cells

Scientists analyzed data from the Rush and Aging Project Chicago memory, which includes about 1,000 people who signed at age 65 and are being followed until death, when their brains are donated for research.

They are the elderly and Alzheimer’s sufferers have a substantial decrease “ventrolateral preoptic neurons.” The loss of these brain cells is associated with sleep problems.

Lack of sleep can lead to daytime sleepiness, lack of concentration and attention. You can even make your ability to learn or complete tasks diminish, almost “dumbing” down.

However, the greatest risk lack of sleep postures are heart disease , heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. It is estimated that 90 percent of people with insomnia also has another serious health problem.

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So, how do you get more sleep? If it comes to technology leaves no sleep, turn off 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. This will put your mind at ease and prepare for sleep. Make sure your room is dark and the temperature is comfortable in the cooler side.

Even before bedtime meditation will calm down and prepare for a better rest. If it seems impossible to sleep, you may have underlying problems that must be addressed. Talk to your doctor. Sleep is essential!

Getting too much sun

Who does not love that sun-kissed glow? Everyone wants it, but can be harmful to reach. Older people are more at risk because the skin gets thinner with age, so it is more susceptible to sun damage. Other risks are heatstroke and dehydration; if you are spending time outdoors, be sure to take breaks indoors and drink plenty of fluids.

immediate dangers of the sun are burns, which can vary in severity depending on your skin type. the continuous sun damage affects the skin, making it weaker and more prone to wrinkles and bruises again. Ultimately, the long-term exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer.

Whenever you head out, apply sunscreen and wear a hat with a brim. Be sure to reapply sunscreen, especially if you are sweating or splashing in the water outdoors. Sunless tanning may also be useful to achieve the perfect shade of bronze without exposure to heat and UV rays.

If you are concerned about any damage that may have already done, see a dermatologist; they can take an ultraviolet image of the skin to see what is really happening.

Although these habits seem fairly easy to place, the nature of a habit is tough to break. Make a plan (and move) to stop these habits harm health-once and for all.

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