Turning 50 may bring feelings of dread and conjure up images of a sharp decline in body functions. If so, then this article will probably not be reassuring. Not to worry; your fifties can be a healthy decade. Furthermore, some studies suggest that your later decades can be among your happiest. Even so, after the age of 50, you may be more susceptible to certain diseases and disorders that did not plague you in your youth. Here are 13 medical conditions to watch out for so that you can seek medical attention and continue to enjoy your later years.
13. Brain Aneurysm
A brain aneurysm occurs when blood builds up in a vessel of the brain. As the blood vessel strains to contain the excess blood, it is at risk of rupturing, creating bleeding in the brain. A ruptured brain aneurysm is a grave, potentially deadly emergency. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of a brain aneurysm include a sudden, severe headache, nausea, a stiff neck, and visual disturbances. Risk factors for an aneurysm include advanced age, smoking, high blood pressure, and drug or alcohol abuse.
12. Fragile Bones
Weakened bones are a condition that can accompany advancing age. Osteoporosis is a disorder in which the body no longer manufactures enough healthy bone or suffers a loss of bone tissue. As your bones become weaker, they are more susceptible to breakage. You can help to keep your bones strong and healthy by exercising, consuming calcium, and getting plenty of vitamin D. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, weight-bearing exercises such as walking, hiking, or dancing can strengthen your bones. Exercises that strengthen the muscles around the bones also contribute to bone health.