As we age, we begin to notice differences, in our body, our mood, everything. At a certain point, many patients report feeling as if they’ve lost their “mojo,” noting they feel different but can’t quite pinpoint what the difference is.
Most of the time, people accept this as their new normal, but how can you be sure that what you’re experiencing is normal, especially if it has had a significant impact on your life.
Today, we’ll review some of the common symptoms aging patients deal with and get into what’s “normal” and what you can do about it.
What to Expect As We Age
While every person’s journey with aging will differ, thanks to genetics, lifestyle choices, and the environment we’re in. However, there are some universal concerns and expectations. Here are a few of the most common parts of the aging process.
Our Bones, Joints, and Muscles Change
As we age, our bones tend to shrink and become weak. Many patients experience a loss in strength, endurance, and flexibility, as well.
Notice Differences in Digestive System
Older adults report more digestive issues, which may be attributed to age-related structural changes of the large intestine or even a lack of exercise or poor diet or chronic condition, like Diabetes.
Over time, our skin will naturally lose elasticity, become fragile, and even thin as the fatty tissue below the skin decreases. Wrinkles, age spots, and growths will become more common.
Weight Will Fluctuate
Our body and the way it burns calories will slow as we get older. Many older patients report issues with weight gain or fluctuation.
Changes in Sexual Performance
Illness or medications associated with aging may affect your ability to enjoy sex. Women tend to report issues with vaginal dryness, while men struggle with impotence.
These five areas are just a snapshot of what you may experience as you age. Although common, you may experience varying degrees and types of symptoms as you age.
Why Do We Experience These Symptoms As We Age?
Often, these symptoms are tied to certain imbalances happening in our bodies. These could be thyroid, adrenal, gastrointestinal imbalances, and more!
While we can’t say definitively without a consultation, we do know that plenty of healthcare providers choose to treat these imbalances with medications. While many traditional medicines may offer symptom relief, they’re simply a band-aid solution.
If you’re looking actually to feel better and enhance your quality of life, you may want to consider bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Age Gracefully with BHRT
When you come to EVEXIAS Medical Denver, Dr. Norton and the team will work to get to the bottom of your health concerns. Our goal is to help you uncover the root cause of your health issues and give you the right tools and treatment options to take control of your health and feel your best.
As hormone imbalance is often the culprit behind many of the chronic diseases and conditions that plague our “aging” population, we believe BHRT is an effective and safe approach to restoring balance. You can read more about how BHRT works and how it can help you in this blog post.
EVEXIAS Medical Denver will go the extra mile to find out exactly what is causing your symptoms and then work together to tailor your BHRT treatment to your needs. If you’re ready to get healthy, feel younger, and get your mojo back, we can help.
EVEXIAS Medical Denver takes an integrated and functional medicine approach to patient care. From there, we create a customized wellness plan to help you regain your health, vibrancy, and vigor.
Apart from BHRT, we believe in an integrated approach to restoring balance and optimizing wellness. If you’re interested in other approaches to combine with your BHRT for optimal health, here are some ideas.
Tips to Ease the Aging Process
Every patient’s health history, concerns, and outcomes will vary. We’re sure you already know the importance of regular exercise and eating healthy, but here are some other ideas for staying fit as you age.
Whatever age you’re at, the following tips are great for promoting healthy aging.
- Engage Your Brain: You should always challenge your mind and continue learning. Look for opportunities to learn something new. Something like a language course, a dance class, joining a book club, or even attending lectures at local universities are all great ways to keep your mind busy.
- Set a Sleep Routine: Humans of every age need adequate sleep. 7-9 hours of quality, uninterrupted shut-eye is the goal. Establish a wind-down routine every evening, so you have a regular schedule that allows you to fall asleep easily and sleep through the night. Stay away from caffeine in the afternoons and evenings, turn off the tv, and keep your room dark and noise-free.
- Work on Relationships: Social butterfly or not, maintaining communication with friends and family is crucial to our wellbeing, especially as we age. Set up regular phone calls with loved ones living in different places and meet up with local friends and family for weekly lunches or activities.
What do you think? Have you tried any of the tips above? We hope this information has been helpful as you seek ways to ease the process of aging and maintain your health throughout. Remember, you don’t have to go through the aging process alone. The EVEXIAS Medical Denver team is here and ready to help guide you to optimal health.
Feel Your Best with Expert Guidance
If you can identify with any of the above or feel it’s time to get a professional opinion, we’re here for you. Schedule your confidential consultation today!
Our team of experienced professionals will work with you to identify and treat your hormonal health and aging concerns. We’ll come up with a tailor-made plan that will get you feeling your best!
Give us a call at (719) 625-8045 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation now.