As we age, our bodies and minds need extra attention and, as the old proverb goes, “Forewarned is forearmed.” Therefore, I have come up with what many deem as some of the major health risks for woman in their 40s and ways to help you hopefully avoid these common killers.
Let us start with the most well-known and talked about issues: Breast, Cervical, or Ovarian Cancer. In most cases, these are the needless killers. To paraphrase, “early detection is the key therefore; having an annual physical, mammogram, and Pap smear is recommended.” (The University Health Services, Tang Center @Berkeley)
Everyone everywhere talks about the risk for Heart disease, Stroke, Respiratory Disease, and Diabetes increasing considerably as we grow older especially if you are overweight, use tobacco, or have an inactive lifestyle. Talk to your Doctor about what exams/test and at what intervals are best for you.
Now, I know we do not think of Alzheimer’s as something that we need to worry about but Early-onset Alzheimer’s can affect patients under the age of 65, some as young as 40. This relatively rare condition occurs more often in patients whose parents or grandparents developed Alzheimer’s disease at a young age, according to the National Institute on Aging.
If your family has a history of any of the above-mentioned health issues (and many more) you could have an increased risk of contracting these conditions. Therefore, it is important to inform your Doctor of a complete family history according to information obtained from here in order to monitor your health properly.
Personally, I feel they need to focus some attention on our endocrine system as well. Our hormonal balance is a part of this and since, in our 40’s, we are in the pre-menopausal range, so much of our health and energy is tied to this. Always feel free to discuss with your Doctor any concerns you may have.
We all hope we will never have to face any of these genuine health issues and we should enjoy living life not worrying about it. So, take that one-day a year to talk with your Doctor, have that complete physical, and decrease your chances of becoming ill or dying from these real ‘Lady-killers.’