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As we age, it is only natural that we start to experience more health problems as our bodies wear out. However, it is sometimes difficult to discern which of these problems are serious health concerns and which are just the inevitable problems we must deal with as we age. Here is a look at five common health concerns people experience as they age as well as a look at if they should be concerning signs.
A crossbite occurs when one of the lower teeth aligns improperly and sticks out over the corresponding top tooth when the person bites down. This is generally a genetic condition noticed in youth, but it can be exacerbated as people age. Crossbites can also be triggered by other dental work like crowns and bridges. Having a crossbite is generally not a serious problem, but you should check with a dental physician if a crossbite interferes with your eating, causes you pain, or is wearing the teeth unevenly.
2. Always Cold
It is not uncommon for people to feel cold more often as they age. This is generally due to the slower circulation and metabolism that comes with aging, and it is not something that people should worry about unless it is causing severe discomfort.
3. Heart Palpitations
A heart palpitation is when your heartbeat feels unnatural. It could be skipping beats or seem to be speeded up. Generally, you don’t need to worry about the palpitations. However, if you have frequent palpitations or experience them for more than 15 minutes, then you should check with your doctor immediately. It could be a sign of a serious heart problem.
4. Shaky Hands
Shaky hands are one of the most common and most irritating signs of aging. One in five people over the age of 65 experience tremors, so it is not at all uncommon. However, anyone who experiences shaking should get themselves tested by a doctor. Tremors can be a sign of Parkinson’s disease or a problem with the thyroid gland.
5. Popping Knees
When people reach their 40s, they often start to discover frequent popping sounds from their joints, especially their knees. These popping sounds come from the wearing down of cartilage that occurs over time. When the cartilage wears down, it is easier for the kneecap to slip slightly out of place, which causes the popping sound when the joint is straightened and it slips back into place. The popping noise is not a problem unless it is accompanied by pain, which could be a sign of a more serious problem and needs to be checked by a doctor.