Yep, you read the title correctly. Aging can be greatly considered as a failure in our bodily system because it has not been able to replicate the cells that need to be replaced properly. With age this becomes a serious yet common scenario. The peak possible replication without any changes occurs in our thirties. However, from then on, certain cells of our body are not replicated or restored properly. Hence, the changes that even we ourselves can perceive, such as the changes in our strength, stamina, and in our sensory perceptions. The truth is many of these changes can vary due to genetics. Nevertheless, the majority of the elderly will experience aging-related symptoms one way or the other. The list below shows some of the more common complaints or symptoms of aging:
1. Vision Problems – a lot of people experience decrease in vision even in their early thirties. This is why as soon as they reach the age of forty they already require eyeglasses so that they are able to see much farther. There are others on the other hand who develop cataracts in their eyes which can greatly affect vision. The only way to correct cataract problems is to have them surgically removed. In case you notice any visual issues whether central vision or peripheral vision, it is important that you have the condition treated immediately.
A much more serious vision problem is called glaucoma. This condition is the damage of the optic nerve caused by increase in pressure inside the eye. The condition is irreversible and those suffering from glaucoma will experience permanent blindness with their affected eye.
2. High Blood Pressure – it is important to reiterate that aging is in no way a disease. However, with age, our body becomes more prone to certain medical conditions – one of them being high blood pressure. It is not uncommon for the elderly to be taking anti-hypertensive prescription medications for their high blood pressure.
The normal blood pressure is 120/80 and blood pressure with 140/90 or higher is considered to be hypertensive. Essential hypertension is the term used for high blood pressure with no known cause. This type of hypertension accounts to nearly 95% of all high blood pressure cases. Secondary hypertension on the other hand is the term they use for high blood pressure with a known cause. The elderly are prone to hypertension, essential or secondary, because certain medical conditions that they may have make them vulnerable to it.
3. Hearing Loss – EENT doctors claim that nearly a third of their geriatric patients have some type of hearing loss. This hearing loss condition is a result of loss in sensory receptors that are found inside our inner ears. Those who suffer from this condition claim they hear only muffled sound and that people who have high-pitched voices are very hard to understand. Although the condition is somewhat hard to accept at first, they say, the condition grows with them, especially since this condition is part of growing old.