Over 60? Stop Doing This Now, Say Experts

You go to a cardiologist for your heart and a pulmonologist for your lungs, but who do you go to if you're just…old? Geriatricians are "experts in the branch of medicine or social science dealing with the health and care of old people" and, when wondering about what health habits you have to stop after age 60, we reached out to Dr. Quratulain "Annie" Syed, a geriatrician at JenCare Senior Medical Center. Here are her top 5 tips for staying young even as you get old. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 19 Ways You're Ruining Your Body, Say Health Experts.


Stop Using the Salt Shaker

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"Excessive dietary salt intake has been linked to elevated blood pressure in research studies. Additionally, older adults are more sensitive to blood pressure fluctuations with dietary salt intake, including reduction in blood pressure with dietary salt reduction. As elevated blood pressure is a risk for heart attacks and strokes, please do yourself a favor and get rid of the salt shaker from your dining room table," says Dr. Syed.


Stop Drinking Ginger Tea Latte if You Are on This Medication

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"Most people don't realize that foods and herbs can have chemical ingredients which may interact with their prescription medications. For example, ginger, garlic, turmeric, ginkgo, green tea, and chamomile can all interact with the blood thinner warfarin and affect blood levels," she says.

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Stop Procrastinating About Completing Your Advance Directives

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"The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the unpredictability of human life, so it is never too early to complete your advance directives. Your loved ones should know what your values and goals in life are, so that they can keep them in consideration when making emergency decisions," says Syed.

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Stop Using Over-the-Counter Medications With the Label "PM" on Them

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"The word 'PM' on over-the-counter pain medications, sleeping aids, and medications for sinusitis generally indicates that one of the ingredients is a first-generation antihistamine. These antiallergic medications are associated with episodes of confusion, dry mouth, dizziness, and falls in older adults," she says.

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Stop Watching TV in Your Bedroom

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"Sleep specialists recommend getting TV out of your bedroom to improve your sleep hygiene. Avoid watching TV or using your smartphone or tablet up to an hour prior to bedtime, to improve your sleep quality," she says. And to get through life at your healthiest, Don't Take This Supplement, Which Can Raise Your Cancer Risk.

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