Boomer Beware! Happy Hormones?

doctor_check_up_mediumThe aging process plays a lot of tricks on us. Some are on the outside and others play out on the inside. Hormone and immune function are two that occur internally and can pack a punch by impacting our energy and physiological response to our work environment.

Here are some of the common age-related changes from the endocrine and immune systems:

  • Decreased tolerance to heat or cold
  • Decreased inflammatory response
  • Increased risk of infections
  • Decreased insulin production and decreased thyroid function
  • Lower overall work capacity

What to do?

  • Take breaks each hour to stand up and stretch your upper body
  • Avoid work in hot or cold environments or ensure that appropriate clothing is available
  • Where possible, avoid repetitive-motion work and encourage task rotation
  • Take precautions to avoid infection
  • Keep healthy snacks in the office and drink lots of water