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Old 05-27-2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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What Age Going From Middle Age To Senior Citizen?

Hi, all. I am 52 and post-menopausal. I am curious if that means I am now a senior citizen rather than middle-aged.

If I have crossed into the golden years, I am considering seeking out a geriatric medicine specialist to assist with some of what I believe to be age related disorders I am having such as weakness, loss of energy, unwanted weight loss, possible muscle loss and the like.

Thank you for any responses and thank you for reading!

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Old 05-28-2009, 07:08 AM   #2
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Re: What Age Going From Middle Age To Senior Citizen?

In America, the official age is 65 years.

 
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:40 PM   #3
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Re: What Age Going From Middle Age To Senior Citizen?

Thank you, Misty. I guess these are not age related?

Have been doing recommended dietary and nutritional things for the last nine months. Metabolism blood and urine work all comes out normal, ruling out diseases that would cause this.

Any ideas who I should see? Doctors just shrug their shoulders and say I am getting older.

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Re: What Age Going From Middle Age To Senior Citizen?

Age is a poor excuse for a diagnosis. I too have this problem with doctors and usually have to figure it out myself.

I was having trouble with weakness, short breath, no stamina or endurance. Had not been able to do much exercise for the past 4 years due to health issues, etc. Finally had a nuclear stress test to rule out my heart. I am now walking 3/4 miles in the morning and beginning to feel better. Sitting at the computer or sewing machine is too little physical activity. In other words I am physically unfit!

Sudden weakness was ruled out by internist and diabetes specialist at well known medical center teaching hospital. Finally decided my restricted diabetic diet was the cause. Diabetes has been stable for the past 9 months or longer, diet/exercise only for treatment. Started eating more variety of foods and the sudden weakness stopped, however, I did gain weight as a result from eating more food than I could burn. Apparently my body was being short changed on some nutrients.

Take a long look at your diet and see if you may be deficient in a balance of nutrients. Get plenty of exercise.
You may not be eating enough food, or the right kind of foods in order to keep from losing weight.

Were you checked for diabetes? Some people lose weight.
Thyroid problems can cause weight loss or weight gain.

Are you taking a statin drug for cholesterol, if so, this may be your problem. Statins can cause muscle weakness as well as other symptoms.

Diuretics can cause weakness and loss of energy.
Hypertension medications can cause your type symptoms.

Definitely look for a good internist at a teaching hospital, they are usually more interested in finding the cause of problems.

 
Old 05-28-2009, 08:55 PM   #5
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Re: What Age Going From Middle Age To Senior Citizen?

Hello, again, Misty. The mystery deepens.

I was checked for thyroid, diabetes, kidneys, liver . . . basically the complete work-up. I had increased vitamin levels, balancing proteins with carbohydrates, balancing fats with fibers, and at my height and body frame, I should only have to consume 1,800 to 1,900 calories a day but had been doing from 2,200 to 2,800.

The only medication I take is occasional D-Mannose for urinary tract infections and no more than 1,000 milligrams of Tylenol per day for osteo-arthritis and sciatica.

The foods I avoid are bread products, candy, pastries, fried foods and fast foods. All vegetables (have allergic reaction to fruit) I like, I eat. I get a minimum of eight grams of protein from meat plus whatever dairy (cheese, yogurt, ice cream and 2% milk). I also eat cashews for the magnesium and a lot of potatoes (either natural potatoes, not processed, or Lay Classic potato chips which are all natural) for potassium. I eat tuna twice a week and use mayonnaise high in Omega fatty acids. I eat two vitamin fortified servings of cereal a day.

I do keep active. Even on days where I do not do a lot what would be considered exercise, I walk. I never sit at the computer or in front of the television for very long at a time. I am always up doing things in between.

My doctor at my last check-up greatly approved of my nutrition changes over the last nine months but cannot figure out why this might be happening.

The only thing that showed up as a bad thing on my test results was urea nitrites which can be attributed to either 11 years of living with a wood stove as our only heat source or our well water. My mother-in-law is having the same issues and also has the urea nitrites, so not sure if they are connected.

I wish there was a teaching hospital near me or even within an acceptable driving distance but there is not.

Thanks again!

Lindaru

 
Old 05-30-2009, 08:18 AM   #6
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Re: What Age Going From Middle Age To Senior Citizen?

Lindaru, I think you are too young to go to a geriatric doctor. You will be still middle-aged for many years.

I know from experience that loss of energy has a lot to do with not "moving" enough. Best medicine is walking, walking, walking. I live in Florida and I'm out there every day walking or biking, but for a few weeks now it is too hot for me and I'm starting to feel sluggish from too much hanging around at home....I'm retired. I'm planning to join a fitness center for the summer months just for their treadmill and bikes.

I also would like to know where it stops to be a "senior" und the term "elderly" begins?
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:08 AM   #7
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Re: What Age Going From Middle Age To Senior Citizen?

Hi, Laura . . . and thanks. I do keep as active as I can given the pain from sciatica and osteo-arthritis makes me take a lot of breaks in between.

My sister-in-law is up for the weekend and works with older people (people 50 plus) and said that a common cause they had not considered for me was malabsorption but I do not have diarrhea which she said is one of the main symptoms, so pretty sure that is not it.

Lindaru

 
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