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There are certain mistakes in life that you cannot come back from and not taking care of your health is one of them. Once your health is gone, you can’t get it back and it usually leads to serious regrets later. While it’s normal to look back and wish we had made a better choice in some area of ​​our lives, taking care of ourselves shouldn’t be a missed opportunity, it should be a priority. When we hit our 50s, our bodies begin to change noticeably, and experts share the most common health regrets people have at this age. Read on to learn more and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss Already had COVID? These symptoms may “never go away”.

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Dr. Ramandeep Sidhu, Board Certified General Surgeon, Vascular Surgery and Founder of viva which is a vascular, primary care and aesthetic clinic shares, “I’ve met patients who, in retrospect, realize that marrying the wrong person had the most impact on their health and well-being. and if they had made the right choice for a life partner that had motivated them along the way to be a better version of themselves, things would be very different.”

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“A patient once told me that he had tried his best all his life to achieve his goals only to realize later that he was chasing after the wrong things. All that wasted effort had serious consequences. on his health and he suffered from chronic depression,” Dr. Sidhu reveals.

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Dr Sidhu says: “I have met many patients over 50 who regret never being able to pay attention to their well-being. The pursuit of money, power or social acceptance always drives them to put their fitness aside, and once they’re over 50, they realize it’s all worthless if they don’t have the health to enjoy it.”

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Dr. Sidhu says, “Many of my patients over 50 regret not taking the time to exercise and living a sedentary lifestyle. make them realize that they should have taken time for themselves.”

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Dr. Sidhu says, “As a physician, I cannot stress enough the strong correlation between poor financial decisions and poor health. I have seen many patients fall into the abyss of stress and anxiety due to deteriorating economic conditions. poor financial decision to cause it all.”

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Dr. Sunjya Schweig, MD, Founder and President of the California Center for Functional Medicine explains: “As a society, we are not taught or helped to learn how to grieve in a safe and healthy way. Our sadness, grief and trauma accumulate over our lifetimes and can contribute to and exacerbate almost any chronic disease. Learning to mourn is essential for our health and for having a long and vibrant life. One of our favorite resources is the book The wild edge of sorrow by Francois Weller.”

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Kent Probst, personal trainer, physical therapist and bodybuilder with Long healthy life says: “Almost everyone wants to improve cognitive function. There are things you can do to improve cognitive function without drugs. A Mayo Clinic study published in the Neurology Medical Journal found that people who engage in two or more mentally stimulating activities have a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment.”

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According to Probst, “Finding meaning and purpose in your life can be a powerful antidote to the undesirable events that occur in your life. Yale University study found that people with the most positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those with negative perceptions of aging. Other researchers have found that having a purpose in life leads to better physical and mental health outcomes. Some examples of discovering your passion may include promoting a charitable cause, seeking a second career, taking up a creative hobby, or enjoying and looking forward to life’s simple pleasures.

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“There are many sources of stress in our lives, but if you let stress overwhelm you, it can lead to many health problems,” Probst says. “One of the secrets of healthy aging is keeping stress at a level where it doesn’t have a detrimental effect on your health. There are a number of options for reducing the stress in your life. Taking a holistic approach will serve you well. Consider adding self-care activities such as meditation, spending time with nature, journaling, and massage as ways to manage stress in your life.”

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Probst points out, “We are constantly bombarded with diet advice and the latest diet trends in the media. It’s no wonder people don’t know what to eat. One of the secrets of healthy aging is to eat like the people who live in the Blue areas. Eating like the inhabitants of the Blue Zones essentially means following the Mediterranean diet. Valter Longo, PhD, author of The longevity diet, has spent decades researching aging and improving the Mediterranean diet. Dr. Longo is the Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences and Director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. The Longevity Diet is a clinically tested dietary program, based on decades of research, to fight disease, maintain an ideal weight, and live a longer, healthier life.” And to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where you are most likely to catch COVID.

Heather Newgen

Heather Newgen has two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather is currently a freelancer for several publications. Read more