As we age we have questions about symptoms we didn’t worry about in our youth, but as we age, it’s a different story. Dr. Hubert Moss advices in Senior Health Reports that heart palpitations are common for women during menopause, but it’s a good idea to have your doctor check it out. Spots before your eyes are probably nothing to worry about but they can lead to blindness if you aren’t aware of the possibilities. Diabetes is the scrooge of our times and we should pay close attention to weight gain and fatigue. The following information should answer some of your health questions.
When you are young you can have all sorts of aches, pains or your heart dancing a jig and think nothing of it, but when you are older these symptoms call for more serious attention. Fluctuating hormones leading up to menopause can cause hot flashes and heart palpitations. Dr. Moss says experts aren’t sure why palpitations happens. The shifting hormones-estrogen-progesterone likely plays a huge rule. These palpation’s are usually harmless if they only happen occasionally but if they happen often you should check with your doctor. Your doctor will check your heart in his office with an EKG. If he is concerned he will have you wear a heart monitor for a few days to rule out other conditions. He will also want to rule out an over active thyroid that can cause palpitations. He might suggest that you give up caffeine to see if that solves the problem. If you have chest pains, shortness of breath, feeling faint or any other signs of a heart attack, call 911 at once.
Spots in your eyes usually signal floaters. This is a gel that can break down as you age, positioned at the back of the eye between the lens and the retina. This gel can become liquefied and separate from the retina, causing tiny shadows known as floaters. They look like they are moving in front of your eye, but actually they are inside it. The floaters are nothing to worry about but they can be worrisome. Occasionally they can pull on the retina causing a detachment causing a tear that can lead to detachment. If you see flashes of light or lose side vision, it’s signs of possible detachment. See your ophthalmologist right away. A tear or hole must be repaired quickly to prevent blindness.
Dr. Moss says that energy crashes at mid day could mean insulin intolerance. If you gain weight as you age, cells in your body might be signaling you that the hormone insulin is having trouble taking sugar from your blood and placing it in your cells. Meanwhile sugar is building up in the blood stream and the pancreas is working harder and harder to make more insulin. A crash is especially likely after a high calorie,starchy meal. fatigue is only part of the problem. Insulin resistance also puts you on the road to type 2 diabetes. Excess weight is a major cause of diabetes. Losing as little as 10% of weight can make a difference. It’s also important to exercise every day. and eat healthy foods, such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains. If you have fatigue or are overweight ask your doctor about diabetes testing.