Knowledge is power and the more you know about your body as the years pass and begin to take their toll, the more you can do about it. That means if you pay attention to things like hair loss, skin condition, hearing ability, vision, and general fatigue, it’s possible to visit your physician and get solid advice about your overall state of health and possibly learn ways to slow down the aging process, or at least avoid becoming seriously ill. Regular doctor visits or check-ups, are perhaps the single best way to proactively deal with any health challenges that come along. Always write down any observations you make about what you see when you casually examine and observe your body. Then, when you speak with an expert, you won’t have to rely on memory. Here are some of the key things to be on the lookout for.
If you suffer from frequent stomach pain, it might be a sign that you have something much worse than indigestion. Don’t wait to seek medical assistance if you notice recurrent stomach cramps, pain accompanied by an acidic taste in your throat, or can feel a knot when you touch your abdomen. Note how often and how severe the pain or discomfort is, and try to describe, in writing, exactly how intense the pain is. Your doctor will need all this information, the more detailed the better, when you go for a checkup.
Study Your Hair Health
When men face the problem of balding, they often panic and assume that nothing can be done. However, if you catch the problem early, you might be surprised to hear your doctor recommend several measures that can slow down the process or possibly reverse it in some cases. Look for the early signs of balding, which include hair in the shower or bath drain, brushes and combs with excess hair buildup, wispy strands, a receding hairline, dandruff, an itchy scalp, slow growth, and strands that seem to fall out at odd times. Doctors sometimes recommend LLLT (low-light laser therapy), over-the-counter or prescription medications, scalp massage, or micro-needling techniques to invigorate the scalp and slow down the balding process. You won’t know what’s right for you unless you stay on top of your hair health and visit your doctor regularly.
People often think that hearing loss is a normal part of aging, but if you notice any problem with your hearing before the age of 50, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about it. There are many reasons for temporary hearing loss, including wax buildup, infections, and other short-term illnesses. However, if your hearing is beginning to decline earlier than usual, it’s possible to prevent further loss, get a device, and take other measures to deal with the situation.
Even if you don’t wear glasses or contacts, have your vision checked at least once per year. As our bodies age, the shape of our eyes’ lenses also changes. That can mean the need for corrective lenses in some cases. As is the case with so many other physical problems, early detection gives you more options for preventing further damage. Even if you experience short-term vision disturbances, like blurred sight or severe headaches when you look at light, ask your doctor about what might be the cause. The acuity of human vision tends to decline with age, but if you experience problems with your eyes before turning 50, seek medical advice as soon as you can.
Adults often notice changes in their sleep habits as they grow older. If you see any sudden disturbances in your sleep patterns, get a checkup and find out what the cause is. Sleep cycles are regulated by the brain, which means there could be multiple causes behind irregular rest patterns, the inability to go to sleep, or intermittent periods of sleep.
Itchy, Flaky, or Red Skin
The skin reveals many things about our body’s overall health. If you notice patches of itchy, scaly skin that seem to pop up out of the blue, it could be more than a temporary rash or an allergic reaction. Many skin conditions are the result of severe internal problems and are often the first outward sign the body gives us about a whole host of maladies.