As we live longer, thanks to advanced health care, a woman’s 40s are now considered her 30s. Even though we may be living longer, our bodies still start to show wear and tear, often as early as the 40s. It is important to know what health risks a women in her 40s might face and how she can decrease her risk of future health problems.
Menopause Health Issues
Many women in their 40s start experiencing menapouse symptoms or what doctors call peri menopause. Although the average age of menapouse is 51, many women start experiencing symptoms as early as 10 years before. Women start to experience health issues that are often related to a reduction in hormones that occur during peri menapouse. It is important to have a doctor measure hormones to determine if replacement ones are needed. While a reduction id normal, too low can lead to issues such as weight gain and osteoporosis. Maintaining proper hormone levels is essential during this time of life.
High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
Heart problems are directly linked to an increase in cholesterol and blood pressure. As we age, we become more sedentary, often eat fatty quick foods which in turn increases bad cholesterol levels and raises blood pressure. A doctor will perform yearly cholesterol and blood pressure screening to verify any issues. If these problems are not taken care of early, they can lead to serious or even fatal issues such as stroke or heart attack. While there are standard desired levels for both cholesterol and blood pressure, ask your physician which levels are right for you. Then strive to maintain those with a healthier lifestyle.
A woman’s chance of diabetes starts to increase after the age of 40. The chances of acquiring Type 2 Diabetes (adult-onset diabetes and non-insulin-dependent diabetes) increases as we age due to weight gain and poor eating habits. Inheritance also often plays a part in getting Type 2 Diabetes. As part of a yearly exam, a doctor routinely checks for blood sugar levels. Depending on the numbers, a doctor can suggest anything from diet changes and exercise, to daily pills to shots. With early detection, Type 2 Diabetes is treatable. While it generally doesn’t go away, eating right, exercising and watching carbohydrates and sugars, often proves as a catalyst to reduce numbers. When the blood sugar level decreases to a doctor’s satisfaction, he may even take the patient off of medication, if it is being controlled with life style changes. Why wait until acquiring diabetes before acting? Being right away making needed changes. Drink more water rather than sugary drinks, lose un needed weight through good nutrition and exercise and stay in touch with a doctor to monitor blood sugar levels.
Living healthy throughout your 40s is easy with rest, proper nutrition, exercise and preventative care. Taking care of health when you are still young often prevents future major health problems. Enjoy your 40s, especially since they are the new 30s.