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Middle Age Problems and Conditions

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Ages 45 to 65 are usually a period of life which involves physical changes. Changes in hormonal levels occur. Menopause in women can be accompanied by physical and mental symptoms. Reduced levels of male sexual hormones can cause erection and libido problems, reduced energy and muscle mass loss.


In both men and women existing diseases can worsen, and new ones may appear. This includes high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular and orthopedic problems.


Long term destructive effects of obesity, sedentary life habits, and even moderate levels of tobacco smoking and alcohol abuse become obvious in this period of life.


Middle age is also the age of change in professional and financial status of people. Some are promoted to positions of high responsibility, others – find themselves fired, in early retirement or moved to perform low qualification jobs.


Changes happen in the family. Children grow up and leave home; parents get old and need special care and attention. In some couples, old conflicts re-surface, raising tension, mutual accusations and hatred. Some couples are unable to live together and divorce, leaving both partners alone in the most vulnerable period of their life.


All those can raise hidden psychiatric and psychological problems, or worsen existing ones.


Proper diagnosis and professional care, both on the physical and psychological levels, could change the situation drastically, enabling the suffering person to return to normal and enjoyable life.


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