Dealing with the aftermaths of turning 40 requires that women routinely maintain contact with their physicians and promptly report any suspicious findings. Here are my top 10 concerns with being over forty.
Stroke– A lack of blood flow to the brain. Increased odds of having a stroke are often related to a family history, smoking, “..high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation (a kind of irregular heart beat), heart disease, or diabetes..”
Respiratory Disease– Increased by the effects of smoking, asthma, and environmental factors. Some forms of respiratory diseases include COPD, chronic bronchitis and lower respiratory infections. It is more common in older people due to the length of time that such aliments have been present.
Osteoporosis– Thinning and breaking of the bones increase in women over forty who lack suitable levels of vitamins such as calcium. Some factors that increase the likely hood of having osteoporosis include low body weight, family history, lack of exercise and menopause.
Breast Cancer– Woman experiencing menopause after the age of 55, obesity and alcohol use among many others increase the risk. Routine mammograms and self-checks are key in locating and treating breast cancer as quickly as possible. At age forty alone a woman’s risk of breast cancer is “Age 40 . . . . . . 1.47 percent (or 1 in 68)”.
Cervical Cancer– Primarily found in women over 40. Pap tests remain the best and earliest ways to find early forms cervical cancer. Risk factors include, age, smoking, sexual activity and weakened immune systems. The best ways to combat the threat of cervical cancer include maintaining a healthy weight, limiting sex partners and not smoking.
Diabetes– The risk of developing diabetes increasing with age as well as poor diet planning. Lack of exercise can also add to the development in the sense that many become obese with a sedentary lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes is often found in women over forty.
Heart Disease– Several factors lead to heart disease including hypertension, family history, BMI, Diabetes and more. Women over forty are at a higher risk if they have already gone through menopause primary due to lower hormone levels.
Kidney Disease– Beyond 40, kidney filtration begins to slow down. Hypertension and diabetes are two of the leading causes of kidney disease. “Kidney disease increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, and in some cases can progress to kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplantation.”
Glaucoma– Changes in eye sight such as blurry vision or unclear sights can be a sign of Glaucoma. Increased risk factors include hypertension and diabetes. Preventive measures include exercise, sunscreen and eye protection.
Depression– Mental health remains a concern in women over forty. The daily stresses of life, work and family history can double their chances for developing depression. Always seek the advice of a therapist before the disease takes control.
Aging gracefully can happen more regularly by following the advice and measures often discussed by physicians with women over forty. Being over 40 is not the end all of life. Make the most of the remaining years.
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