It’s been said that 40 is the new 30 for some women. Or how life begins at or around 40. With that being said, a lot of women may not have their health on the top of the list for things to keep up with. That’s why I’ve written this article to help those in their 40s be aware of some of the biggest health risks for women in their 40s.
- Cancer: Whether that is cervical cancer, skin cancer or breast cancer, women in their 40s are at a higher risk for cancer then those who are in their 20s or 30s. It’s recommended that women get mammograms every 1-2 years. A colposcopy should be done if a doctor suspects a women might have cervical cancer. Being exposed to sun without any protection, such as sunscreen or a hat, can lead to skin cancer. Now being exposed to the sun isn’t the only factor of skin cancer. Going to tanning beds can also cause this type of cancer. If you suspect a change in your skin, go to the doctor and have him check it out.
- High Blood Pressure: Hypertension( also known as high blood pressure) is a common high risk for women in their 40s. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to heart and kidney disease and stroke. There are many ways of preventing changing your diet and eating healthy, reducing the amount of salt you intake, getting to and maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, staying away from alcohol and not smoking. If you or your doctor suspects you might have high blood pressure, it is easily controllable and maintained with medication and healthy lifestyle.
- Diabetes: Diabetes is a very common and serious illness in which the body produces too much or too little insulin. The symptoms of diabetes listed on WebMD include: Excessive thirst and appetite, Increased urination (sometimes as often as every hour), unusual weight loss or gain, fatigue, nausea perhaps vomiting, blurred vision, fequent UTI’s in women, yeast infections in both men and women, dry mouth, slow healing sores or cuts, itching skin(especially in the groin or vaginal area).
- Obesity: At some point in our lives, we have all had fast food and enjoyed it. I’m even guilty for doing this. But for women in their 40’s are at a higher risk for obesity than those who aren’t. Obesity can cause a lot of troubles in a women higher up in age, such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep problems, cancer, breathing problems, and much more.
- Depression: Depression can hit anyone, it has even hit me in my lifetime, but sometimes it doesn’t go away for some. And when it gets that bad, it’s best to see your doctor and talk about medicine options hat are best for you or what you can do to help lift it.
- Heart disease: This can be any form from, heart attack, heart failure, and arrhythmia. A healthy lifestyle and diet change can help keep your heart healthy and strong. Avoiding smoking and drinking is also a good way to keep the heart going strong.
There are a lot of health risks for women of any age, but these are the top 6 health risks for women up in age. It’s best to get yearly check-ups with your doctor and keep track of how you feel, both emotionally and physically. If you think something is wrong, go to the doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you go, the better the chances will be to stop whatever is wrong before it gets out of hand.