You’re still as active as you were in your 30s and 40s, but as you continue to add candles to your birthday cake each year, you can feel the effects of aging starting to take a toll. As you age, your body needs extra care to maintain optimal health—that’s why you go for a morning walk and eat a balanced diet. These things can help you support your overall well-being, but there are other factors to consider if you want to live a healthier lifestyle as you grow older.
“Many people don’t realize how much of an impact hormone, heart, and bone and joint health can have on their day-to-day lives,” said Andrew Halpner, vice president of science and technical services at Douglas Laboratories.
To maintain this lifestyle, he offers advice on ways to support your health in several key areas.
Properly balanced hormone levels are one of the most important factors when it comes to staying healthy as you age. Healthy hormone levels support healthy sexual function, body weight, sleep and glucose metabolism. When your hormones are imbalanced, you could experience fatigue, weakness and muscle loss.
Establishing a healthy diet, ensuring sufficient sleep and making time for recreation are great first steps toward supporting your hormone health. It is also important to consult your healthcare provider to discuss regular blood work to monitor your hormone levels.
Heart health is an important part of any healthy aging plan. Lipid levels are important, but maintaining glucose homeostasis and cytokine balance is just as important to supporting heart health.
A healthy diet that focuses on fiber and regulates carbohydrate intake has been proven to support healthy glucose levels.
Maintaining healthy bone and joint function is critical for both men and women. When bones are weak or joints are stiff, it can be difficult to keep up your desired level of activity.
Bone health is directly impacted by vitamin D levels. To support these function areas, boost vitamin D by spending brief periods of time in the sun—with sun protection, of course.
A balanced diet and moderate exercise are the building blocks of any health regimen, but as the years pass, your body may need additional support. Remember your hormones, heart, bones and joints when tailoring your health plan and consult your healthcare provider before introducing any new products into your routine.