There are a million videos of people falling down on YouTube and while watching people fall can be hilarious, falling often is no laughing matter. Tripping over an uneven surface or feeling dizzy is normal, but when you fall too often, it might be time to pay your doctor a visit. Your doctor will be able to tell you what’s normal and what’s not and can help diagnose and run tests to make sure there’s no underlying cause.
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Below are some potential causes of losing your balance:
Weak Muscles: As we get older we lose bone mass and our muscles get weaker if you don’t exercise. So when you have weak muscles your body can struggle to hold your weight. This is why we see older people hunching down and as the years pass by your posture worsens. If you body isn’t aligned the way it’s supposed to be, then your muscles can do it and this leads to losing your balance.
Prescription drugs: It’s important to always read the fine print on the back label of your medications. They can often list side effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of balance. The risk of falling can increase if you take several medications that have the same effects. Talk to your doctor because he might be able to help you or change the medications if this becomes a serious issue.
Nerve Damage: People that have lived with diabetes often develop Peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage, sensitivity on your feet can often cause you to lose your balance. When you lose sensitivity on your feet, your brain is not getting the message and when that happens you fall and can hurt yourself.
Blood Flow: The lack of blood flow to your brain is called orthostatic hypotension, which causes low blood pressure. If you’ve ever experienced low blood pressure, this causes dizziness and you feel unbalanced. This often happens after you stand up or turn around quick because you’re not getting enough blood to your brain. It can also cause blurry vision, weakness, and you can feel the room spinning.