One simply cannot stop the process of aging, but they can however do their best to preserve their quality of life. A good way to do this is by preventing catching any conditions or diseases that becomes easily acquirable when a person ages. Nevertheless, the notion of preventing aging is quite controversial. This is because experts do not really have a standard baseline on how long one can pursue preventive care policies. The main reason for this is that certain procedures decline as you age and that some of these tests can even lead others to harm. For example, if a test indicates that the subject is positive even though he does not have the disease, that person will likely be subjected to higher but risky testing.
Health care providers must be able to determine if certain screening tests are to be used on certain individuals or not. This is because in some screening tests for specific types of diseases, if person’s risk of acquiring that disease is very low, then the test should not be done in the first place. It is just a waste of time, money, and effort. Another is finding a particular disease but treating it will in no ways enhance or extend the life of an individual. Such are just cash in the bag for medical professional. The problem though is that only they can determine if a screening test is necessary or not.
Aside from screening tests, some adults are ordered to have some types of vaccinations. This will include vaccines for shingles, flu, tetanus-diphtheria, and pneumococcal pneumonia. Some of these tests even require annul booster shots. The thing is, are all these necessary?
Although aging is something that cannot be prevented, but if you are truly interested in living a long life, there are some life changes that you need practice in order to do so.
- Stop smoking – if you are a smoker, then you should stop smoking as early as possible. This is because smoking can greatly contribute to heart diseases as well as increase your risk of acquiring certain cancers. In addition, smoking can greatly affect your memory. Even though study shows that smoking helps to increase memory by a few percent, in long term application and use, this will bite you back in the end. If you quit smoking early, some of the damages caused by your early years of smoking may actually get reverted and repaired.
- Eat healthy– by eating a healthy diet that is rich in fiber, protein, and nutrients, you are therefore promoting good health. Many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are good for the body and help in fighting diseases like cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
- Physical and Mental Exercise – by doing both physical and mental exercise, you not only ensure that your body and physical strength stays fit and within limits, but you also ensure that your mind and cognitive function is within reasoning. By becoming mentally active, you help prevent the development of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.