Frequent urination can be a sign of diabetes. It can cause you to urinate frequently because your kidneys have to work overtime to eliminate excess sugar from your bloodstream. Prostate problems can also cause frequent urination. Other symptoms of prostate problems include decreased flow while you’re urinating, discomfort in the pelvic area, and blood in your urine or semen. Enlargement of the prostate, is another common condition among older men. Although it’s common, you shouldn’t ignore the symptoms, as they can be identical to the symptoms of other, more serious conditions.
Most coughs will clear up within a week or so, but sometimes a chronic infection such as bronchitis may develop. However, persistent coughs may have a range of common causes from asthma to acid reflux, sinusitis or side effects from medication such as ACE inhibitors, used to treat high blood pressure. See your doctor if you’ve had a cough for longer than three or four weeks.If you’re a smoker, don’t avoid seeing your doctor because you don’t want to be told to stop. A ‘smoker’s cough’ can be a sign of COPD, a serious lung disease that will become extremely debilitating if untreated. Other serious causes include lung cancer, a blood clot on the lung or heart problems.
Occasional constipation is normal. Most people experience it from time to time, and it often becomes more common after age 50. But chronic constipation can be more troubling. It can lead you to push and strain when you’re trying to have a bowel movement. This raises your chance of developing hemorrhoids, which can cause bleeding and discomfort around your rectum. Chronic constipation may also be a sign that something is stopping your stool from exiting properly. A tumor, polyp, or kink in your intestines may be blocking your colon. You may also have an underlying condition that’s causing abnormal colon motility. An early diagnosis is important so that you can rule out serious conditions, such as colon cancer.