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Top 5 Illnesses Affecting the Elderly in Singapore

Top 5 Illnesses Affecting the Elderly in Singapore

1. High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a prevalent condition among Singaporean elderly. 

This condition is especially dangerous among elderly because the risk of high blood pressure increases with age. Our arteries are likely to become stiffer with age. The narrowing and stiffening of the arteries result in the heart having to beat faster to supply blood around the body. This is what causes high blood pressure.

At their age, the elderly also are at higher risk of high blood pressure complications like strokes and heart attacks. The elderly also have more challenges recovering from these conditions.

2. High Cholesterol

High cholesterol can either be inherited or it can be the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices.

It is a condition that occurs when the body has excess lipids (bad fats) that clog the arteries. This can lead to conditions like heart disease.

Fortunately, high cholesterol is preventable and treatable. Having a healthy diet, exercising regularly and taking medication can help to reduce high cholesterol.

3. Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, and they worsen with age.

There are many types of arthritis, with the most common ones being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease is a type of heart disease where the arteries of the heart are unable to deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the heart.

This disease is often caused by cholesterol building up in the lining of the coronary arteries. This build up blocks blood flow through the arteries of the heart. This can lead to further complications like blood clots, angina and heart attacks.

For most people, coronary heart disease is preventable with a heart-healthy lifestyle.

5. Diabetes

Diabetes happens when the body can no longer produce enough insulin to turn blood glucose into energy. As a result, the body retains more water and salt than it should, causing weight gain and ankle swelling. Waste material will also build up in the blood. 

About 30% of patients with Type 1 (juvenile-onset) diabetes and 10% to 40% of patients with Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes will eventually suffer kidney failure.

Diabetic patients have 3 treatment options: 1. A kidney transplant, 2. Hemodialysis, and 3. Peritoneal dialysis. Prevention and management of diabetes can be done through having a healthy diet, exercising regularly and losing weight healthily.

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