There are certain blunders in life that you can’t reverse, and not paying enough attention to your health is one of them. You can’t recover from a damaged health condition once it’s advanced, so taking care of yourself should be a top priority. As we approach our 50s, our bodies begin to show more obvious signs of aging, and experts offer what some of the most prevalent medical regrets are among those over 50 years old.
1 — Marrying the Wrong Person
“It’s important to understand your goals and objectives when selecting a life partner,” Dr. Ramandeep Sidhu, the founder of Vivaa, a vascular primary care clinic, says. “I’ve come across some patients who in retrospect realize that getting married to the wrong person had the most impact on their health and well-being. If they had chosen a life partner who had pushed them to be better versions of themselves things would be very different.”
2 — Chasing after the Wrong Goals in Life
“A client once confided in me that he had put his all into achieving his objectives, only to discover later that he was pursuing the wrong things. This all-consuming effort drained him of vitality and caused persistent depression,” Dr. Sidhu adds.
3 — Not Paying Enough Attention to Their Wellness
Dr. Sidhu explains, “I’ve encountered many patients over 50 who wish they had paid more attention to their health. People are often lured by money, power, and social acceptance, which causes them to put their fitness on hold until they become older than 50 years old, when they realize that all of it is meaningless if they don’t have the health to enjoy it.”
4 — Not Taking the Time to Exercise
“Many of my patients who are older than 50 years old regret not taking time to exercise and live a sedentary lifestyle,” says Dr. Sidhu. “The body and muscular pains that come with age make them aware that they should have spent more time on themselves.”
5 — Making Bad Financial choices
“As a doctor, I can’t emphasize enough the close link between bad financial choices and poor health. Many of my patients have fallen into the pit of stress and worry as a result of deteriorating economic conditions. All it took was one terrible financial decision to cause everything to spiral out of control.”
6 — Not know the best Way to Process Grief
“As a culture, we are not educated or supported in learning to grieve in a healthy and safe way,” says Dr. Sunjya Schweig, MD, Founder and President of the California Center for Functional Medicine. “Our sadness, grief, and trauma accumulate over time, potentially contributing to and exacerbating many chronic illnesses. It is critical for our health as well as our long-term vitality to learn how to mourn properly. Francis Weller’s book The Wild Edge of Sorrow is one of our favorite resources.”