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Keeping well into older age

Just because you are now a little older does not mean you cannot be as fit and healthy as you have always been. You will need to take a bit more care with your personal health. You need to take stock of your lifestyle, what you eat, how much alcohol you drink, your weight, how much you exercise, self-check yourself and keep up regular health checks. If you smoke make the effort to stop now.

A healthy diet is key. Eat less salt, less saturated fat and five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

High blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, but there are things you can do to lower your blood pressure. Exercise, eat well, cut down on salt, limit your alcohol intake and do not smoke.

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of other health problems, speak to your GP who can help. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for advice.

Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older. Exercise also has a really positive effect on the way you feel.

GP Says

Know your prostate

The prostate is located below the bladder. The prostate often enlarges as men get older and for most does not cause any problems.

Most men with early Prostate Cancer have no symptoms at all. Some of the symptoms of Prostate Cancer can also be caused by other prostate problems. Symptoms include:

  • Needing to urinate often, especially at night.
  • Difficulty starting to urinate.
  • Straining to urinate or taking a long time to finish.
  • Pain when urinating or during sex.

If you experience any of these symptoms visit your GP.

Testicular Cancer

  • Regular self-examination.
  • If you notice a lump or abnormality in your testicles see your GP immediately

Useful steps and advice

  1. My GP has advised me to change my diet to reduce my blood cholesterol, I am unsure what to eat.
  2. The most important thing to do is to cut down on saturated fat. It is also a good idea to eat more fruit, vegetables and fibre.
  3. Cut out or reduce meat pies, bacon, sausages and fatty cuts of meat, butter, lard, cream, hard cheese, cakes and biscuits.
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