4 Common Health and Psychological Issues for Men in Their 50’s

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Posted on: 14 July 2017 by Misty Jhones

It’s never too late to switch to good habits and healthy nutrition.

Skin problems 
 
Fine lines and wrinkles on your body will become more visible than in previous years. That’s because your muscles will weaken with age, and the bones and fat under your skin – along with changes in collagen and elastin – will get slightly more pronounced than in your younger years when you wince, smile or make other facial expressions.  It will get more dramatic if you’ve smoked or sunned a lot.
 
Damaged skin can be repaired with prescription retinol products which speeds cell turnover.
 
You’ll also notice age spots and skin tags in your 50’s, although skin tags are often benign. But if the not-so-pleasant sight worries you, you can get a dermatologist to help remove them using processes like cauterizing, snipping or freezing.
 
Male Pattern Baldness 
 
Men secretly gloat over their low image maintenance and the women envy that. But all that gloating and confidence could soon go down the drain along with the man’s hair when male pattern baldness inevitably hits at 50. One NHS study says 50% of men will start balding at this age. It gets worse for other males, with some battling the condition as early as in their teen years. But what causes male pattern baldness? Nothing really, other than because you’re male and have testosterone.
 
As you grow older, this male hormone (testosterone) transforms into an androgen, which is a female sex hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DDT). DDT attacks the hair roots and shrinks the follicles, weakening them until each hair strand gets thinner and thinner and dies off eventually.
 
What can even be more befuddling is that there’s no cure and society doesn’t offer you much sympathy either. What to do? You may not help the loss of your hair, but you can still chose to retain your confidence and be happy with your new look.
 
But if you absolutely can’t live with it, advances in science have made it possible to be able to stabilize your hair loss with some medically-prescribed treatments, and, if necessary, a hair transplant.
 
Gum Disease
 
This mouth problem affects more than 50% of men in their mid-life, according to the Journal of Dental Research. Flossing can greatly reduce the risk of gum diseases. Other risk factors are smoking and brushing only once a day or less. If you suspect you may have developed periodontal pockets, which is the number one sign of a gum disease or you think you may be at risk, you should see a qualified dentist with years of practical experience, and who can provide you with quality dental service and education for you and the whole family.
 
Heart risk
 
The 50’s is that phase of life that bad habits early comes in life such as smoking, obesity and lack of exercise will begin to take their tolls on the body, and especially the heart. The good news is that it’s never too late to switch to good habits and healthy nutrition and avoid the risks of heart disease.
 
Normally, as you reach mid-life, the walls of your heart get thicker and the valves become stiffer; and combined with a poor health, lifestyle and nutrition, you could start feeling the first signs of heart disease.
 
Thanks to new scientific discoveries, treatments, and education, risks factors like high cholesterol are now more mitigated and death rate from heart diseases is declining. However, you should mention it to your doctor if you experience unusual fatigue, weakness or dizziness when exercising, or you feel a skipped heartbeat or a racing heart, especially as you get closer to 60.

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