NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Fifteen – What is Aging

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NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Fifteen – What is Aging

#NaBloPoMo – Day Fifteen of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

Attitude to Aging

Many think that old age is around 60 to 65 years of age, which really is not, but in saying that, you can be old at fifty if you are in poor health.

What is the definition of growing old?

The boundary between middle age and old age cannot be defined exactly because it does not have the same meaning in all societies.

People can be considered old because of certain changes in their activities or social roles.

In New Zealand the age for the Super (which is retirement) is 65.

Physical changes as life continue in the human body is different with everyone, so let’s look at some of the ways of what can happen.

  • There is often a general physical decline, and people become less active.
  • Old age can cause, wrinkles and liver spots on the skin, making you look older than you are.
  • Change of hair colour to grey or white, (though sometimes you can have grey hair quite young), my youngest son had grey appearing in his hair when he was twelve, now in his forties, 2/3 of his hair is grey, whereas his older brother at fifty has no grey hairs at all.
  • Then there’s hair loss.
  • Not hearing too well.
  • Diminished eyesight.
  • Slower reaction times and agility.
  • Reduced ability to think clearly, difficulty recalling memories.
  • Greater susceptibility to bone diseases such as osteoarthritis.

All of these signs can happen at any time of life, not only in the elderly.

So really it is the attitude to ageing, it is not how old do you feel, or how old is old.

As long as you can still find the humour in life every day, then you are not old.

As far as looks go, in the last year, I have wrinkled considerably, but I still feel young at heart.

I have a youthful outlook on life and hope it continues for many years, thanks to my grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Loss of independence will make me became old, that’s up to me, because, with the right peace of mind, I know when I can no longer live on my own, my body will tell me.

I agree that you are only as old as you feel, another way to think of it is, you are only as old as you think you are in other words “it’s all in your mind”.

Just my thoughts, if you have good health, exercise, keep your mind busy, rest when you are tired and not push your body when it is telling you to slow down, you may live to see your 100th birthday or more.

Just remember you only get old when you stop seeing the good side of life, so let’s grow old together and laugh with lots of smiles to everyone we see.

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NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Thirteen – Healthy Heart

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NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Thirteen – Healthy Heart

#NaBloPoMo – Day Thirteen of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

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Thinking you are healthy, is not always right even when you exercise by walking, gardening, you are not overweight, you eat healthily.

It’s wise to get a regular check with your physician to be sure you have a healthy body, you never get a second chance with life.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, what can we do differently to reverse these statistics?

For an instant, big framed people need to convince themselves that “big bone structure” is just an excuse and it is up to them to choose healthy foods and organize quality exercise to have a healthy heart.

Do you have a weakness for fatty foods, love butter,cheese and fatty meat?

It should be low in trans fats but high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and folate; it should also have a lower glycemic load and a higher polyunsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio.

We need to watch out intake of fatty foods as high cholesterol is often the cause of heart attacks.

Get at least 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity daily.

Eating a healthy diet doesn’t mean the end of foods we like but be careful about your salt intake.

If you are going to eat cake, make it as a treat and eat the full-version. Just don’t do it every day. ( My thought on that one, it works for me).

Drink at least half a glass of red wine, or equivalent alcohol consumption, each day, (but not more than a full glass, experts say).

Minimizing stress, stress constricts the arteries and increases the stickiness of blood platelets, setting the stage for a blood clot.

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because you can have it for years without knowing it.

The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure measured.

Ninety percent of women who die suddenly of heart disease had at least one risk factor that could have been prevented or treated, so as an effort to prevent this kind of illnesses before it develops visit your family doctor.

Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person, they treat each organ, every disease, all ages and both gender, so it is up to us to see we have a healthy heart.

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NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Eleven – Health & Aging

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NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Eleven – Health & Aging

#NaBloPoMo – Day Eleven of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

Living Life Simply – Health and Aging

The average older person likes to live life simply.

It’s not that hard to achieve either, just a matter of toning down your commitments.

For a happy retirement focus on slowing down, and giving your body a rest, you have been working hard for many years, now put what you require to make your life complete first, before doing what everyone thinks you should be doing.

Maybe you like gardening because there is a great satisfaction to see your garden thriving and eating all the freshly grown produce.

Good eating habits, give you a better chance, to live a longer life, and may reduce your risk of some kinds of cancer, which is one of the main health problems with the elderly.

By reducing dietary fat intake, especially animal fat, and having your diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains, eat fish and poultry avoid red meats, but that don’t mean don’t eat meats, just eat smaller amounts, no fat on it.

Research suggests that you can live longer by eating the right foods, exercising, and not stressing out, sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Let’s talk about Cancer – Cancer is my most frightening aspect of growing old and I have already faced that challenge.

  • Cancer is a terrible waste of a human’s life, too many have not even had a chance to reach middle age before this terrible disease destroys a loved family member.
  • Some evidence consistently suggests that eating plenty of fiber can reduce the risk of Bowel Cancer, also known as colorectal cancer or colon cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men, it affects both men and women, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older.
  • The best available approaches for a low risk of developing bowel cancer is a diet high in green vegetables, particularly cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts or cauliflower, so let’s grow a garden and have that healthy living, that we used to have in the past.
  • Men can reduce their risk for Prostate Cancer by having regular colorectal cancer screening tests starting at the age of 50, as it is by far the most common cancer in men.
  • Most common cancers among women are breast cancer have regular mammograms, in some countries, it is free, like in NZ, 45 – 65 years, every two years.
  • Lot’s of people believe that if your parents had cancer they will get it, but that is not always true, with bowel cancer only 10% due to genetic (inherited) factors.

This article is just a little reminder, to always be aware if there’s something about your health, you are not happy about, get it checked out.

So many of my friends have passed away now and 90% of them was because of cancer.

Love to read your comments about health and aging, especially cancer, has it affected your life if so, how.

Blessings to all my readers, hope you have a happy weekend.

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NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Ten – Aging

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NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Ten – Aging

#NaBloPoMo – Day Ten of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge,

 Senior Salon#47

The mask of aging indicates that the physical changes that occur during life are only on the surface, it what’s lies below the surface that count.

I’m living in an aging body, seen the years passing by, so I consider I’m a bit of an expert about living in an aging body.

I was born, lived through the teenage years, married, birthed five children, help them grow to maturity and have children of their own (my grandchildren.)

Also enjoyed seeing my great grandchildren growing from toddlers to school-age children, now very fast approaching the teenage years.

I know the simple pleasures of the love of my family and would never have missed a moment of those years.

Now having lived on this earth for seventy-six years, let’s say in my golden years now, life is passing by, even though I try to keep myself healthy and active I’m now noticing how I’m slowing down.

My biggest shock was having cancer, which aged me considerably.

I wouldn’t deny that I’m living in an aging body, as much as I feel young and still can do a hard days work.

The years are showing and my body is telling me to slow down, sleepless nights with aching bones, waking up in the morning feeling aches and pains I have never known to bother me before, yes living in an aging body isn’t a nice thought.

You could call this a journey through life, but I’m not at the end of it yet.

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This is a photo of me with my youngest great granddaughter taken a couple of weeks ago.

Now the most important bit –  Smiles and laughter.

It is the best medicine for your health, it helps the blood vessels and body stay young, it has been proven to be beneficial for anti-aging by boosting your immune system and more important relieving stress.

When you are a parent you have your off-spring around you often, they make you smile, their laughter is contagious, their antics all make you laugh, your life is radiant with affection for your family, love fills your heart, making it beat stronger.

Having children around you is one of the most successful ways to stay healthy, if you have no children, a cat or dog can give you the same pleasure, the only difference is, they are home, you will always have them around you, not like your family, which in most cases are only visiting and will go home at the end of the day, then you will sit down, relax and savor those pleasant memories for days to come.

That is what I call using my brain even if it’s only thinking but it’s still keeping it active.

Remember!

Laughter makes the world go round, I am a great believer in it as I grow older, it will help to keep me happy  and healthy.

In summing up – Aging is a big step going through life, to stay on the right track for good health and that wellness feeling you must keep on moving forward and living for a new day tomorrow.

Yesterday may have been a good day, but maybe it wasn’t, it is gone and you must forget about it.

Let’s live and laugh.

Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many innovative ideas have emerged for raising awareness of this insidious disease, as well as funds for research.

The statistics supporting the need for breast cancer awareness among teens are alarming.

Girls as young as 10 years old have been diagnosed, and the numbers continue to grow.

Although the incidence of breast cancer in young women is much lower than that of older women, young women’s breast cancers are generally more aggressive, diagnosed at a later stage, and result in lower survival rates.

In fact, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in young women under the age of 40.

Each year, around 3000 women and 20 men in New Zealand are diagnosed with breast cancer (Take note “Men” and breast cancer).

Things you need to know about breast screening, but too afraid to ask.

A Mammogram is an essential thing to help prevent Breast Cancer.

Having regular mammograms will help.

It will not stop you getting the disease in the first place, but it can reduce your chance of dying from it by a third.

Mammograms are FREE in New Zealand if you are aged between 45 and 69, but even after that age if referred by a doctor, it is still free.

Q. Is The Radiation From Mammography Harmful?

A. The dose of radiation given with mammography is very low.

That’s because it only needs to go through fatty and glandular tissue in the breast and not bones.

Radiation can be harmful if it is given to young women.

From puberty until the late twenties, there is a risk that radiation could cause an abnormal growth. This is because the breasts are still growing.

However in a woman over 40, the benefits of being able to detect breast cancer at an early stage seems to outweigh the risk from radiation.

Q. What If I find Having A Mammogram Too Painful?

A. You must say something. don’t just grin and bear it.

A mammogram-radiation technologist is very highly trained and knows lots of things that can hopefully make it easier.

It does help if you are able to relax.

If you are concerned about pain, it is alright to take over-the-counter pain relief about an hour before your appointment.

Q. Does It Matter When I Have The Mammogram?

A. If you are still having periods, it pays not to have a mammogram the week before your period starts as your breasts will have more fluid and be more uncomfortable.

If you are pre-menopausal, a good time to have a mammogram is about five days after your period finishes, because the hormones needed for ovulation won’t have kicked in yet.

Q. Does Being Particularly Flat-Chested Or Very Well-Endowed Make Any Difference When It Comes To Having A Mammogram?

A. Not really, The technologist will look at the shape and size of your breasts and work out the best way to position them for compression.

Woman with larger breasts may be exposed to slightly more radiation.

In Summing It All Up

(IT DOES HURT).

While some women describe the experience as merely uncomfortable, others do find it painful – even when I had my last mammogram at age 69 it was still painful and my breasts are tiny.

But it bearable, fleeting pain. I have been having mammograms for 20 years now, no breast cancer, no after effects, so why I am telling you this, it is because it is well worth having a mammogram done, it is satisfaction of knowing you are free of breast cancer, but not always 100% free there is still a percentage that is not picked up, but it is helpful to have PEACE OF MIND.

Please comment and let me know if there are few mammograms in your part of the world.

Looking forward to commenting on all comments about this subject, very interested and I’m sure that there are many readers would like any info available also.

Happy Days Cancer Free.

About Triglycerides

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Triglycerides sound like some chemical circulating anywhere, other than in a body, it is a lipid that circulates in the bloodstream of a human body, in case you don’t understand, or never heard of it before, I have written an article to explain what triglycerides are.

What are Triglycerides?

It is part of a substance in your body, we all know about cholesterol, but triglycerides get far less publicity. Like  bad cholesterol high levels of triglycerides can spell disaster, but they can be checked with a blood test.

In fact, they’re the most common type of fat found in your blood and an important source of energy, it is a type of fat found in your blood, but  having too many of them could make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

When you eat, your body uses the calories in food to give it energy. Any calories it doesn’t need are turned into triglycerides and stored in fat cells so they can be used later.

What causes high triglycerides?

If you make a habit of eating more calories than you burn off, the amount of triglycerides stored in your body can increase to a high level that may be harmful.

Other causes are:

Drinking a lot of alcohol

Being obese

Have an under-active thyroid

Kidney disease

Having untreated or poorly controlled type 2 diabetes

Side effect of certain medications, including steroids, beta-blockers, breast cancer drug Tamoxifen and the pill

Also, it could be a genetic condition.

Often you don’t know you have high triglycerides levels as they don’t usually cause symptoms.

However if you have any of the above problems, there is a good chance you may have high levels.

You can have a blood test taken after you have gone without food for at least 12 hours, the same as they use to measure cholesterol levels.

The Difference Between High Triglycerides and High Cholesterol

They are both fats found in your blood but while triglycerides give for body energy, cholesterol is used to build cells. Neither of them can dissolve in your blood, so they spend their time traveling around your body and can cause problems if there are too many of them.

High levels of both are considered signs you may be at the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

How Can You Lower Your Triglycerides Levels

The most important things you can do is make lifestyle changes. Cut down on calories. Exercise regularity. Lose weight. Give sugary and refined foods a miss. Opt for healthy fats, like those found in olive or canola oils. Don’t cut fats out of your diet completely.

Cut back on drinking, there’s a link between alcohol and high triglycerides levels.

Try suitable nutritional supplements. If you don’t eat very much fish, a fish oil supplement can help supply all important omega 3 fatty acids. Meanwhile vitamin B3, also known as niacin, has been shown in some studies to lower triglycerides levels by as much as 50%.

If you find you are unable to improve your triglycerides  levels by changing your lifestyle, your doctor may wish to prescribe medication to try and lower them.

Let’s look after our body and keep our heart beating.

Aging Gracefully

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There are many ways to help you age gracefully, making you wiser, sexier and not stress about your looks or what’s happening in your life.

In this post, I will write about making those years the greatest of your life, keeping the body trim, erect and healthy while aging.

1.  Regret:  Don’t hang on to it, let it go, sadness will not help, it will just age you faster, be happy.

2.  Breathe:  It does cost you anything, when things are getting on top of you, take a deep breath, and move on.

3. Stand straight: Take your body and stand straight putting your weight evenly on your feet, pulling your stomach muscles in, keeping your pelvis and shoulders in line, hold your body like this as long as you can, it helps to keep your spine straight.

4. Sit up straight: Hold your body in position as if you were still standing, pulling your shoulders back, and feet together to the front of the chair, don’t slouch it’s bad for the spine.

5. Stay in touch: You don’t have to go out every day to have company, use your computer, if you have one, tweet, join social networks, pin some photos on the internet share, it can be amazing what you learn on the internet in later life.

6. Exercise: You don’t need to go to the gym, start walking, holding the body, nice and straight, increase the km’s or miles, as the days and weeks go by, get a walking buddy, aim for a triathlon.

7. Make peace with aging elders: It will make you feel stronger, smarter and at peace with the world.

8. Wear Jeans: If you feel like wearing jeans, wear them, they aren’t made especially for teenagers, just stay sexy and aging gracefully, it makes you feel good about yourself, also controls those tummy muscles.

9. Have sex: Happily married couples enjoy it, maybe you just need a little help, the point is, go for it, enjoy.

10. Pass on what you have learned in life: your wisdom can make a light in some other person dreams, share it with them.

11. Move out of your comfort zone occasionally: venture further afield, you may be surprised what you can conquer.

12. Smile: this is the most important of any, don’t forget how to smile, it’s free and contagious, pass it around the world.

A decade has come and gone since I thought “I should be feeling old,” yet I don’t feel any older now, than I did then, but something I do see, the world in different eyes, than I did then, my memory hasn’t gone, I now have a website on WordPress, meet a wonderful community of other like-minded people.

Take every opportunity you can, to capture those late years in life, walk up a hill, watch the sunset, until the stars appear in the light of the sky, get away from clutter in your life, have a change every now and then, eat that nice cake which you know will most likely put on an extra pound in weight, get out of the urban area, which sometimes seems like a concrete jungle, it only clutters up your life and makes you feel old.

Stop and look back on your life every now and then, and think, what will I regret not having done “whatever it is,” while I could have, if so, do it now before it’s too late and live to remember those memorable experiences later in those golden years.

Enjoy and age gracefully.