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5 Health Issues That May Show Up In Your 50s And 60s And Foods To Avoid To Prevent Them

Just like other unique creations of nature, the human body grows more susceptible to various maladies or diseases as it ages, just like other organisms. This age-related susceptibility to health problems is most likely caused by the natural "wear and tear" phenomenon, in which certain parts of the body experience a drop in their optimal levels of performance due to use over the course of time. As a result, the elderly are more likely to experience health problems.

To be more specific, the longer you live, the higher the likelihood is that you may have various health problems as you get older. According to research conducted by Brunilda Nazario of WebMD, more than nine out of ten elderly people suffer from at least one form of chronic disease, and over eight out of ten have more than one of these chronic health problems. This suggests that sooner or later, everyone will be forced to deal with at least one of these age-related chronic disorders.

You are in luck since there are a number of things that you can do, such as making adjustments to your lifestyle and food, that can assist in bringing some of these illnesses under control. Without further ado, let's take a quick look at a few of the potential health issues that can start cropping up once you reach your fifties or are older than that. The following health problems, the primary factors that contribute to them, and examples of foods that should be limited in order to stay healthy are discussed below:

1. Bladder Problems

Because it is a hollow organ that helps hold pee, the bladder is considered to be one of the most important parts of the urinary system. The bladder is positioned in the lower abdomen. The bladder is not an exception to the rule that other sections of the body, including other areas of the body, can be afflicted by one issue or another. There are many different symptoms that can indicate a problem with the bladder. Some of these symptoms include being unable to urinate when you want to or having to urinate too frequently.


You could lose control of your bladder because of a malfunction in the bladder, which could be caused by a variety of different circumstances. On the other hand, one of the known reasons of issues with bladder control is aging, which is not surprising at all. Problems with the nerves, weakening in the muscles, thickness of the tissue, or an enlarged prostate are some of the other recognized causes.

Foods To Avoid

It is common advice that if you are having issues with bladder control that you limit your consumption of certain foods that are commonly known as bladder stimulants or irritants. This is because these meals tend to cause the bladder to contract more frequently. Foods like this include carbonated beverages, caffeinated beverages, chocolate, spicy foods, alcoholic drinks, raw onions, and honey. Other examples are caffeinated beverages and chocolate.

2. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

When you get older, your blood vessels become more flexible, which puts greater strain on the system that is responsible for transporting blood throughout your body. This pressure increases as you get older. According to the Mayo Clinic's findings, your blood pressure will increase in proportion to the amount of blood that your heart pumps and the degree to which your arteries are constricted. It is believed that this helps to explain, at least in part, why two thirds of persons who are over the age of 60 have high blood pressure, as stated by WebMD.


Primary hypertension, also known as essential hypertension, and secondary hypertension are the two categories that fall under the umbrella term "high blood pressure," as stated by the Mayo Clinic. The underlying cause of primary hypertension is not always easy to be determined, and its onset typically occurs gradually over a period of many years. On the other hand, secondary hypertension frequently manifests itself all of a sudden and is frequently the result of an underlying medical issue.

Occlusive sleep apnea, kidney disease, tumors of the adrenal glands, thyroid problems, certain defects in the blood vessels that you are born with, and certain medications, such as birth control pills, over-the-counter pain relievers, and some prescription drugs, are some of the known causes of this condition. Other possible causes include certain birth defects, certain thyroid problems, and certain defects in the blood vessels. Age, family history, obesity, inactivity, physical inactivity, smoking, stress, and an excessive amount of sodium in the diet are all recognized to be risk factors for this condition.

Avoiding These Foods

There is no question that consuming particular meals and beverages can cause your blood pressure to rise. Even while it can be impossible to steer clear of certain kinds of foods entirely, it is still a good idea to limit how much of them you consume. Bread, pizza, sandwiches, cured or salted meats, salted meats, frozen pizza, sweet foods and drinks, red meat, processed foods, and alcohol are some examples of foods that fall into this category.

3. Diabetes

It is believed that diabetes develops when your body is unable to take in blood sugar or glucose into its cells in order to produce energy. This results in an accumulation of excess carbohydrates in the bloodstream, which is a symptom of diabetes. To be more exact, if you have this illness, it means that either your pancreas does not produce any insulin at all or does not produce enough insulin, or your pancreas does produce insulin, but the cells in your body do not respond to it and are unable to use it as they typically should.

Diabetes can lead to other serious health conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and other problems if it is not properly controlled. According to Brunilda Nazario of WebMD, a person's chances of developing this disease increase as the individual gets older. If diabetes is not properly controlled, it can increase a person's chances of developing this disease.


Although there is no known cause for type 1 diabetes, it is believed that genes play important roles in the development of the condition in some individuals. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes could be brought on by a combination of hereditary factors and lifestyle choices. As an illustration, being obese or overweight can result in it, and it can also be a genetic trait that runs in families. Other variables that increase your risk include being above the age of 50 and not being physically active.

Avoiding These Foods

An increased consumption of certain foods and beverages can, according to Nizam Khan of Healthline, raise your blood sugar and insulin level, thereby encouraging inflammation, which can increase your risk of getting diabetes. Sugary drinks, white bread, rice, and pasta, sweetened breakfast cereals, packaged snack food, fruit juice, and dried fruits are examples of some of the foods that are potential of causing this.

4. Ailments of the Heart

Plaque buildup in the coronary arteries has been identified as the primary contributor to heart disease. [Citation needed] [Citation needed] It is believed that plaque begins to build throughout childhood and continues to worsen as a person ages. Plaque formation begins during childhood. There are a number of subtypes of heart disease, the most common of which are coronary artery disease, dilated cardiomyopathy, heart failure, arrhythmia, and congenital heart defects.


According to Adam Felman of Medicalnewstoday, the most common causes of heart disease are damage to all or part of the heart, a problem with the blood vessels leading to or from the heart, a low supply of oxygen and nutrients to the heart, and a problem with the rhythm of the heart. Other factors that can contribute to the development of heart disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking. Having high blood pressure, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, being overweight or obese, having diabetes, becoming older, not getting enough exercise, and having a family history of the disease are all risk factors.

Avoiding These Foods

According to WebMD, consuming particular foods might dramatically raise the likelihood that a person will acquire heart disease in later life. Pizza, processed meat, white rice, bread and pasta, alcohol, butter, flavored full-fat yoghurt, French fries, fried chicken, ice cream, and potato chips are some examples of the types of foods that fall into this category. Other examples include red meat, bacon, sugary foods, salty foods, soda, baked goods such as cookies and cakes, and processed meat.

5. Degenerative joint disease known clinically as osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis, and it is thought to develop because the protective tissue that sits at the end of bones and acts as a cushion against wear and tear gradually deteriorates over time. This can cause the bones to rub together painfully and cause osteoarthritis. Although it can affect any joint, osteoarthritis most commonly affects the joints in your hands, knees, hips, and spine. As you become older, your risk of acquiring this ailment greatly increases.


Certain factors, such as getting older, being a woman, being overweight or obese, having joint injuries, placing repeated stress on the joint, having genetics that predispose you to developing osteoarthritis, having bone deformities, and having metabolic diseases such as diabetes significantly increase your likelihood of developing the condition.

Avoiding These Foods

Altering your diet in specific ways, as suggested by Amanda Barrell of Medicalnewstoday, can help cut your chance of developing osteoarthritis by a large amount, particularly as you become older. It is recommended that you steer clear of or consume less of sugary foods and beverages like soda, sweet tea, flavored coffees, and certain juice drinks; refined carbohydrates like white bread, white rice, and potato chips; and foods high in saturated fat like pizza and red meat. These are some of the foods that are included on the list of foods to avoid or consume less of.

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