We know that healthy aging is a lifelong process for preserving and improving your physical and mental well-being. The choices we make today may impact on our future health. So how healthy are Canadians? We have good overall longevity
- A man who is currently 65 can expect to live another 17.4 years.
- A woman who is currently 65 can expect to live another 20.8 years.
- BUT, men are more likely (59%) than women (52%) to have overall good health
- We have an epidemic of high blood pressure, which puts us at risk for stroke and heart disease. And we need to be more aggressive about medication.
- Over 19% of Canadians aged 20 to 79 are hypertensive or 4.6 million and another 20% are pre-hypertensive or 4.8 million.
- 42% of Canadians living with high blood pressure are unaware of their condition and only 16% have it treated and under control
- About 1.8 million Canadians aged 12 and over have been diagnosed with diabetes. Researchers project an increase of diagnosed diabetes in Canada to 2.4 million by the year 2016. Combined with obesity and high blood pressure this is a serious increasing risk both to the individual and to our health care system!
So Is 60 the new 40?
Well, we need to be aggressive about modifying our risks, whether taking medications as prescribed, exercising, losing weight and overall living a much more healthy lifestyle. For 60 can be the new 40…BUT…40 can be the new 60 if we are not careful!!!
Healthy aging is a lifelong process of optimizing opportunities for improving and preserving all aspects of your health whether it’s your physical well being, enhancing your social and mental wellness or transitioning successfully through various stages in your life.
Healthy aging can delay or minimize the severity of chronic diseases and disabilities in later life, saving health care costs and reducing long term care needs and enabling you to get more out of life.
Over the next several blogs I will be talking about and giving you information on healthy aging. What it means; What you need to keep on track; As well as providing some eye opening statistics on the state of our health in Canada.
The first step on the road towards healthy aging is to determine how healthy are you. Here is a checklist of key indicators you can use to determine whether you are on track.
How Healthy are You?
•What is your overall health status today?
•How would you rate your quality of life?
•Is your BMI normal?
•Are you able to walk and run?
•Are you able to squat down to the floor?
•Do you have a strong grip?
•Do you suffer any chronic health conditions?
•Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, back
pain, lung problems, mental health?
This is your baseline for starting to take stock of your health. In my next blog, I will provide you with a further incentive to get in shape and start thinking about healthy aging, with some eye opening statistics on the state of our health in Canada.