Treatments That Middle-Aged Men Should Look Into

Health is important throughout your entire life. However, as you age there are new health challenges that will be introduced. It’s important to be aware of these challenges you may face as well as how you can treat them.

Hair Loss Treatments

Hair loss is extremely common among men. It affects half of men over 50. Since it’s so common, there are many hair loss treatments you can consider. First, you can try prescription and over the counter drugs such as Rogaine. Rogaine is a foam you can apply to your scalp to encourage hair growth, though it may take a long time to see results. Another method is a hair transplant. With a transplant, healthy follicles will be taken from your scalp and transplanted to the balding areas. Keep in mind, these treatments can be very expensive. Lastly, you can make some lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, reducing stress, and changing your diet to include iron and protein-rich foods.

High-Blood Pressure Treatments

As you age, it’s very common to have high blood pressure. This occurs when there is too much pressure on the walls of your blood vessels. All this pressure can damage your blood vessels and lead to other problems including heart and kidney failure. There are several medications you can take to decrease blood pressure. For example, you might be prescribed diuretics or calcium channel blockers. One of the best ways to treat high blood pressure is by making lifestyle changes. Make sure your diet is high in fruits and vegetables and low in salt. You should also consider adding exercise into your daily routine.

Varicose Vein Reduction

There are many vein diseases that become common as you age. Varicose veins are seen most often. This vein issue is caused by increased blood pressure in your veins. The walls and valves of the blood vessels are weak and blood begins to pool which causes the veins to swell. These veins are very near the surface of the skin and appear dark purple and twisted. Varicose veins are primarily a cosmetic concern, but they can become painful to some. Fortunately, there are varicose vein reduction treatments available. One such treatment is sclerotherapy. In this treatment, a doctor injects a solution into the damaged veins and they become irritated, scarred, collapsed, and eventually fade away. This treatment is very popular as you can easily continue with your daily routine immediately after the treatment.

Testosterone Therapy

For some men, age is accompanied by a decrease in the hormone testosterone. In severe cases, this is known as hypogonadism. If you have healthy levels of testosterone, then testosterone therapy will do little for you. However, if you have low levels of testosterone (or hypogonadism), testosterone therapy can be beneficial in helping you maintain certain body functions. Benefits include a healthier circulatory system, stronger bones, more muscle mass, improved memory and mood, and increased sex drive. You can receive treatment in many forms such as pills, injections, skin patches, and more. Talk with your doctor before taking any treatment. A blood test may be a helpful way to determine whether or not you need testosterone therapy.

Acid Reflux Treatment

Weight tends to increase with age and with this increased weight there is a greater risk for developing acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when the valve between your esophagus and stomach doesn’t close properly and stomach acid moves into your esophagus. Acid reflux is often associated with a hiatal hernia. You may experience symptoms such as heartburn, burping, nausea, hiccups, or the feeling like something is stuck in your throat. 

This problem can often be handled with antacids that neutralize stomach acid. Some medications can coat your stomach or decrease acid production. If you have a severe case of acid reflux, there are surgeries available. The goal of these surgeries is usually to strengthen the valve and prevent stomach acid from moving into the esophagus. Consult your doctor to see if these treatments are recommended for you.

Fat Reduction Treatment

As mentioned, weight increases as you age. This can be a concern both cosmetically and medically. While you should always pursue lifestyle changes first, there are other options. One popular treatment is CoolSculpting. This is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure. It involves freezes fat cells which causes them to eventually be secreted by the liver. This treatment should last forever because those fat cells can’t return once removed. Another option is liposuction. When you get liposuction, fat cells are removed from your body through small incisions. By reducing the number of fat cells in your body you can see a decrease in weight. Always talk to a doctor before undergoing any of these procedures.

Thanks to modern medical advancements, there are many health treatments you can pursue as you age. Whether it’s cosmetic or health-related, there are treatments available. Do some research to see what treatments can be most beneficial to you.

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