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Aging something most of us do not look forward to. However, not all aspects of aging are unwelcomed. There are some great things about getting older such as being accomplished, wiser, calmer, and unpreoccupied with the frivolous pursuits of the youth. In order to enjoy our golden years as you wish, you need to maintain healthy diets and physical activity as well as go for routine check-ups and treat anything that might come our way in a timely and efficient manner. Medications for osteoporosis and low testosterone, fibromyalgia drugs, and Alzheimer’s medications are drugs that are commonly sought in the later years. Read more about these conditions and the medications to treat them below. Also find out about printable coupons that can be used in your local pharmacy to get discounts on your medications.
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What are age-related diseases?
Age-related diseases, or aging-associated diseases, are diseases that pose increased risk and prevalence with age. Some examples of age-related diseases include Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis while some age-related conditions include menopause and low testosterone. Not all the elderly will develop age-related disease, but all women will experience menopause and most men will experience a drop in testosterone levels. Read more about menopause medication and medication for low testosterone in the types of medication section.
The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are still not fully understood but we do know that the risk for developing Alzheimer’s increases with age, and that the cause is related to genetics and gene mutations. This, however, doesn’t mean that everyone who has genes that pose a risk for developing the disease will get it. Scientists are learning more about prevention of Alzheimer’s through diet and exercise and the maintenance of social and cognitive engagement. Read more about Alzheimer’s medications in the following sections.
Osteoporosis is a progressive decrease in bone density that affects over 55% of Americans that are over the age of 50. Most of these are women. Bone cells are constantly destroyed and rebuilt throughout our lifetimes. Osteoporosis occurs when the body is destroying more bone tissue that it is creating. The causes of osteoporosis are still not fully explained, but the loss of bone mineral density can be attributed to low levels of estrogen and testosterone and other hormones as well as a lack of nutrition and exercise. Apart from osteoporosis drugs, healthy life style changes can also help to prevent this disease. Read more about medications for osteoporosis and prevention in the types of medication section.
Fibromyalgia is a condition of chronic pain at various pressure points throughout the body. Fibromyalgia is far less prevalent than osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s and it affects mostly women. The causes are not completely understood, but research has indicated that fibromyalgia is genetically linked to depression and anxiety disorders. It may also be stress-related. Read more about fibromyalgia medications in the drug information section.
How can I manage age-related diseases?
Research on many age-related diseases including Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis, as well as research on other chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, has indicated that lifestyle is a hugely important factor contributing to the development of these diseases. The best known methods for preventing these diseases include stopping smoking, limiting alcohol intake, doing regular exercise, and eating a healthy diet. Most research indicates that a Mediterranean-style diet is healthy and preventative. This diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, a moderate intake of fish, dairy, and healthy fats, and a low consumption of meat with little to no processed foods.
Hormone Therapy & Natural Treatments
Hormone therapy or hormonal medications are used to treat menopause and low testosterone. Low-dose contraceptives like Ortho Tricyclen Lo and Alesse may be used as menopause medication during perimenopause, while hormones like estrogen and progestin can be taken orally or topically during or after menopause. There are both synthetic and natural sources of hormones. Some women also consider holistic solutions such as black cohosh, red clover, or dong quai to treat symptoms like hot flashes. Talk to your doctor about which is the best option for you. Some herbs and supplements may interfere with medications so be sure to mention these to your doctor. Aging men may experience signs of low testosterone which include erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, hair loss, fatigue, and a decrease in muscle mass. Recent research indicates that low testosterone isn’t necessarily a result of age, but the result of other health conditions. Low testosterone drugs such as Androderm are usually administered topically using a gel or patch to transdermally deliver testosterone. Discuss the cardiovascular risks of taking low testosterone medication with your doctor.
Medications for Age-Related Diseases
Age-related diseases can also be managed with medication. Read about drugs for osteoporosis, Alzheimer medication, and fibromyalgia drugs in the types of medication section.
What are the different types of medications for age-related disease?
There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease but cholinesterase inhibitors are used to control symptoms of the disease. It is believed that Alzheimer’s disease results in a decrease in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. These Alzheimer medications enhance the transmission of acetylcholine and have also been shown to reduce the atrophy of the cortical and hippocampal regions of the brain that occurs with Alzheimer’s.
Bisphosphonates are a class of drugs for osteoporosis. They prevent the loss of bone mass by reducing the breakdown of bone tissue by osteoclasts, allowing the body to retain more bone density. These osteoporosis medications slow down the process of bone resorption, as those with osteoporosis are unable to rebuild the bone tissue that the body is resorbing.
These medications are used for fibromyalgia as well as seizures and other mental conditions. The exact mechanism of action that anticonvulsants have as a fibromyalgia medication is not completely understood but they are thought to work to treat nerve pain by acting as GABA neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. GABA has a calming effect and causes the central nervous system to slow down, thereby desensitizing the body to pain.
What are the symptoms of age-related disease?
Symptoms of osteoporosis don’t often appear until a fracture occurs, but sometimes a gradual loss of weight and back pain can occur. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include memory loss that affects daily life, trouble planning events or solving problems, difficulty completing a familiar task, confusing times and places, verbal confusion, and changes in mood or personality. If you think you have developed an age-related illness, schedule an appointment for a test with your doctor and get multiple opinions if you have any doubts.
Aging Drug Information
Donepezil, or Aricept in its brand-name form, is an Alzheimer’s medication that works by increasing the availability and function of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks down this neurotransmitter. Donepezil is not a cure for Alzheimer’s. Generic donepezil is much cheaper than Aricept. Search our site for free printable coupons to start saving up to 75% off the price of this medication in your local pharmacy.
Alendronate and Fosamax (brand name) are bisphosphonate osteoporosis medications. They work by preventing bone loss. Read more about bisphosphonates in the “types of medication” section. Use our free printable alendronate coupons to save up to 40% on the price of generic alendronate in your local pharmacy. Also search for Fosamax and get up to 86% off the price your osteoporosis drugs when you present our coupons.
Pregabalin, or Lyrica in its brand-name form, is a commonly used as a medication for fibromyalgia. It is classified as in anticonvulsant and affects neurotransmitters to calm the body and desensitize it to pain. Read more about this medication in the “types of medication” section. This medication can be expensive search our site for printable coupons for pregabalin or Lyrica and get up to 75% off the price of this medication in your local pharmacy.