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Focusing On Health In Our Sixties

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❝What happens when you age in your sixties?❞

The good news is, a lot of that depends on you!

But, speaking on averages:

While it’s common for people to describe being over 50 as being “over the hill”, halfway to a hundred, and many greetings cards and such reflect this… Biologically speaking, our 60s are more relevant as being halfway to our likely optimal lifespan of 120. Humans love round numbers, but nature doesn’t care for such.

  • In our 60s, we’re now usually the “wrong” side of the menopausal metabolic slump (usually starting at 45–55 and taking 5–10 years), or the corresponding “andropause” where testosterone levels drop (usually starting at 45 and a slow decline for 10–15 years).
  • In our 60s, women will now be at a higher risk of osteoporosis, due to the above. The risk is not nearly so severe for men.
  • In our 60s, if we’re ever going to get cancer, this is the most likely decade for us to find out.
  • In our 60s, approximately half of us will suffer some form of hearing loss
  • In our 60s, our body has all but stopped making new T-cells, which means our immune defenses drop (this is why many vaccines/boosters are offered to over-60s, but not to younger people)

While at first glance this does not seem a cheery outlook, knowledge is power.

  • We can take HRT to avoid the health impact of the menopause/andropause
  • We can take extra care to look after our bone health and avoid osteoporosis
  • We can make sure we get the appropriate cancer screenings when we should
  • We can take hearing tests, and if appropriate find the right hearing aids for us
    • We can also learn to lip-read (this writer relies heavily on lip-reading!)
  • We can take advantage of those extra vaccinations/boosters
  • We can take extra care to boost immune health, too

Your body has no idea how many times you’ve flown around the sun and nor does it care. What actually makes a difference to it, is how it has been treated.

See also: Milestone Medical Tests You Should Take in Your 60s, 70s, and Beyond

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