Health and wellbeing are the focus of healthy aging. “Good health” may be defined differently by individuals, but I think everyone would agree the goal is to “feel good, sleep well, eat well, and engage in meaningful activity’. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean a decline in quality in life. With the right lifestyle behaviors, everyone should be able to enhance their quality of life.
As we grow older, many of us develop one or more chronic diseases. A decrease in activity, a change in diet, and the natural progression of age related changes within our body all increase the risk of developing such chronic diseases as hypertension (high blood pressure) , diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.
Preventive health measures greatly improve one’s quality of life. Annual medical examinations, eye exams, and baseline mammograms and colonoscopies can address potential health issues in their early stages, and greatly improve survival rate. Screenings for hypertension, and diabetes, can identify these diseases in the early stages. This allows prompt diagnosis and early interventions, drastically lowering the risk of complications (such as diabetic amputations, hypertensive strokes).
OTC (over the counter) vitamins and nutritional supplements can add an additional level of nutritional support to ones daily diet. As with all medications, discuss OTC medications with your HCP (health care providers), use as directed, and include them on your medical history/medication record.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and prevention) http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/arthritis.htm, one out of every five adults has doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Symptoms can include pain, joint stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints. These symptoms tend to cause people to be less physically active, further affecting their overall health. This decrease in activity (and overall quality of life) can negatively impact other areas of health, and raise the risk of additional chronic diseases. The CDC estimates that by the year 2030, 67 million US adults will have some form of arthritis.
Cosamin ® is an OTC product, which was developed by a pharmacist. It is the original glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate joint health supplement. Recommended by healthcare professionals for over 20 years, the product has been shown to modulate (control/modify) the progression of cartilage breakdown and support joint comfort. Furthermore, research has shown that the gluscosamine supplementation used in Cosamin® does not result in clinically significant alterations in glucose metabolism in people with Type 2 diabetes (T2DM).
Age related changes are a normal part of growing old. The best advice is to stay active, eat healthy, and have a strong social network. Daily exercise is of health benefit both physically, and mentally. If you are experiencing arthritis related joint pain, check with your doctor to see if Cosamin® is the right choice for you.
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