Aging may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy excellent health into your golden years. At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, our age management specialists help men and women over 60 enjoy an optimal quality of life well into their golden years.
If you’re hoping to keep feeling young and vibrant for as long as possible—even if you already have a chronic condition—keep reading to learn five ways you can stay in the pink of health after 60.
1. Eat for longevity
If you want to be healthy as you get older, there’s nothing more important than eating right. This may mean changing your diet so you can not only live longer, but enjoy an optimal quality of life as you age.
At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, we evaluate your nutrient levels to make customized dietary recommendations for optimal health. In the meantime, here are some tips for eating for longevity:
- Plan your meals around veggies and eat at least 3 cups per day
- Enjoy at least 2 cups of fruit every day
- Eat (way) less meat and choose plant-based proteins, like legumes or beans, instead
- Stay away from processed meats
- Eat a handful of nuts every day
You’ll also want to cut out processed foods, reduce your sugar intake, and avoid alcohol.
2. Move your body
Staying active helps you feel your best at any age. As you get older, it plays an important role in lowering your risk of many health issues, including but not limited to;
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Most cancers
- Dementia and other cognitive changes
Once you’re cleared by your medical provider, try to fit in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day for the best health after 60.
3. Take care of your bones and joints
As you get older, your body slows down. This means you begin absorbing bone tissue faster than you can make new tissue. The result? Weaker, thinner bones and an increased risk of osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, this increases your risk of falling and fracturing a bone, which can have a long-term impact on your mobility. Talk to your Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists provider as a simple bone density screening helps identify any issues so you can take action now.
It’s also important to take care of your joints. Many older adults develop osteoarthritis, which results from wear and tear on your joints. This disease not only causes pain, but it can affect your ability to carry out everyday tasks and participate in activities you enjoy.
Fortunately, you can improve your bone and joint health by losing excess weight, making dietary changes, staying active, and talking to your Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists provider about help managing any existing bone or joint problems.
4. Make sleep a priority
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body pays the price—especially as you get older. As you age, it can be more difficult to get the good quality rest you need since insomnia and other sleep-related problems increase.
But not getting enough sleep affects your weight, skin health, immunity, memory, mental health, and more. Most sleep issues develop from an underlying health issue, like untreated sleep apnea, depression, prostate problems, and GI issues.
Be sure to address any underlying health concerns with your Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists provider. You’ll also want to practice good sleep hygiene and make sure you make sleep a priority.
5. Talk to an age management expert
At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, our team of healthcare professionals helps you stay healthy after 60 using a holistic approach. We combine preventive and therapeutic care to help you continue to enjoy a high quality of life at every age.
Our providers evaluate your medical history, review any symptoms you’re experiencing, and talk to you about your health and lifestyle goals to create personalized recommendations. Depending on your needs, we may suggest:
- IV therapy to give your immune system a boost and balance any nutritional deficiencies
- Regenerative medicine to promote natural healing if you have an injury or arthritis
- Hormone therapy to address many age-related issues, like vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, or sexual dysfunction
Learn more about how you can stay healthy after 60 by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone at Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Northern Virginia.