Most People Over the Age of 65 Have These Deadly Diseases

The older you get, the harder it becomes to avoid getting sick. Your immune system isn’t what it used to be. Your whole body hurts (but why?). Sometimes, food doesn’t even taste as good as it used to.

With age comes the realization that many of the illnesses you’ve dodged up to this point could be right around the corner. But you’re not alone. Most people your age are just as sick as you might be. Here are the diseases you should look out for, including a deadly health problem with early symptoms (page 9).

1. Cancer

A nurse is working in a room where patients undergo chemotherapy treatment

Cancer only becomes more common as you age. | Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Sure, cancer is a common disease, but it’s the second leading cause of death among people over the age of 65. Some of the health conditions discussed throughout this list increase your cancer risk, especially as you age. Preventing or managing disease could leave you cancer-free for a lifetime.

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