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A must-see for middle-aged and seniors! What is the secret to staying healthy?

We will introduce the reasons why health awareness has increased in recent years and the health initiatives that you should start after reaching middle age.

Over the past 20 years, public awareness of health has changed dramatically.

In response to the aging society, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (at that time, the Ministry of Health and Welfare) enacted a basic policy called “Health Japan 21” in 2000 (Heisei 12) to promote the health of the people, and put it into practice. Therefore, in August 2002, the Health Promotion Act was issued, and in July 2012, it was revised as “Health Japan 21 (Secondary).”

Health Japan 21 (second term) sets goals for improving nutrition and eating habits, physical activity and exercise, rest, smoking, alcohol consumption, and dental and oral health in order to prevent lifestyle-related diseases.

In today’s aging society, staying healthy for as long as possible will also contribute to society.

Therefore, we will explore the secrets of maintaining good health for middle-aged and elderly people with hints from Kenko Nippon 21.

Why is it necessary to raise health awareness among the middle-aged and older generations?

In today’s aging society, it is important to live a healthy senior life after retirement.

In order to maintain as much health as possible and enjoy daily life, it is necessary to raise awareness of health from the middle-aged and older generations, rather than at an older age when the body is no longer able to move as desired.

I will explain why it is too late to be conscious of health when you are old.

It takes time to change long-standing bad habits.

The risk of lifestyle-related diseases increases with age.

As we age, the aging of organs and organs progresses, causing functional deterioration, and the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and liver do not work as well as they did when we were young.

As a result, the risk of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, osteoporosis, and even malignant tumors increases.

It is very difficult to improve the bad eating habits and lifestyle habits that you have acquired over many years of life once your body is no longer moving the way you want it to.

In order to aim for anti-aging and health maintenance, it will be necessary to review eating habits and exercise habits from middle-aged and elderly people and improve them early.

Older people are more likely to become obese

With age, the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome increases.

Obesity is a condition in which the value calculated by [body weight (kg)] ÷ [height (m) squared] is 25 or more. 85 cm, 90 cm or more for women, and two or more out of three blood pressure, blood sugar, and lipids deviate from the standard value (* 1).

As your basal metabolism declines with age, you will consume less energy just by living a normal life. It becomes

Foods that lower blood pressure and easy recipes for people with high blood pressure [Column supervised by a health manager]

As I mentioned in the column “Relationship between high blood pressure and obesity”, there is data (*2) that obese people have about twice the risk of developing high blood pressure as non-obese people.

Obesity is known to cause not only hypertension but also lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes and dyslipidemia.

In order to prevent obesity, which is a cause of all kinds of diseases, it is necessary to acquire exercise habits from middle-aged and elderly people who are physically active.

*1: Diagnosis Criteria for Metabolic Syndrome | e-Healthnet (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)

*2: Relationship between lifestyle-related diseases and energy/nutrients 3 1 Hypertension (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare)

To prepare for lifestyle changes after retirement

Once they reach retirement age, they are freed from the obligations of work and social responsibilities, so some people start a new life full of energy.

On the other hand, there are many people who cannot keep up with the drastic changes in their lives, and feel that the time they have to rest is “boring”, and their health deteriorates significantly and is in danger.

Before retirement, many people are preoccupied with daily activities such as commuting and working as part of their daily life patterns.

After retirement, you will not be able to work, so you will have to think about what you will do every day and live independently. Some people fall into “post- retirement depression” because they can not endure such a situation where they are not being chased by anything and have to think about what to do on their own.

To promote good physical and mental health, we need to avoid situations where we don’t want to move or don’t know what to do.

Therefore, from the middle-aged and older ages, you should get into the habit of moving your body, such as going out other than going to work.

When you reach retirement age, you should be able to avoid situations such as “I have nothing to do”, “I don’t know how to spend my days”, and “I feel like I’m in hell because I’m so bored”.

What should middle-aged and elderly people do first to improve their daily lives?

I will introduce what kind of things you should work on at the middle-aged and older stages. Let’s make a conscious effort to extend healthy life expectancy and live a fulfilling senior life.

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