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Beware of Middle-Age Health Neglect

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:13 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In July 2019, NASA released the first-ever picture of a black hole and its shadow. That made us think about certain sports teams that are notorious for drawing their fans into a black hole of broken dreams from which there seems no escape.

Yet, as Stephen Hawking famously predicted, energy can escape a black hole's iron grip, and so can sports teams.

Take the Cleveland Cavaliers. They went 33 years (1975-2009) before they won a division championship, and then collected the 2016 NBA championship just seven years later.

Or the Cleveland Browns, who went 1-31 through 2016 and 2017, but now have Odell Beckham and quarterback Baker Mayfield, and look like a good playoff bet.

That kind of resolve should encourage 40-to-50-year-olds to take steps to escape what Aussie researchers are calling the “black hole of aging,” in which folks steadfastly ignore what's going on with their health and miss the opportunity to escape serious problems down the road.

Their study found that 30% of 40-to-50-year-olds had undiagnosed high blood pressure, and 32% had cognition problems.

Fortunately, lifestyle changes and simple medical treatments often can reverse or slow the development of such issues.

So schedule a physical exam with your doctor to check blood pressure, blood glucose, body mass index, blood lipid levels, skin, and PSA (for men), as well as mammogram and pelvic exam (for women).

Get new vaccines and age-appropriate boosters and a lung-cancer screening, if indicated. Then your doctors will be able to catch emerging health issues early, when they're most effectively resolved.

And schedule future recommended doctor appointments now to stay ahead of problems.

© King Features Syndicate

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