Mark Twain once said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter.” While entering your 40s certainly doesn’t make you ancient, it comes with the responsibility of having a few more medical issues to watch out for and combat. Here are some examples:
Yes, I’m starting with the doozy. Menopause is defined as when a woman experiences 12 months without a menstrual cycle, and the average age to hit that milestone is 50. It is common for it to begin at 45, and while it is certainly the most common health related issue for women in their 40s, it is no reason to get down. With a good support system and loved ones, you can make it. Reach out to those around you, and remember that all women go through it. There is no reason you can’t get through it.
We as a culture are terrible on our backs, and that begins to show as you enter your 40s. Having a firmer mattress can help, and it might be a good idea to look into some good insoles for your shoes. If pain is extreme, it may be something to talk to a doctor about. There are non-surgical alternatives they can offer for pain relief.
Heart attacks begin to become common as you age into your 40s. While it helps to have taken steps to prevent them earlier in life, quitting smoking, eating healthy and setting aside time for exercise can have a measureable effect on your chances of having a heart attack.
Another ailment often coupled with heart attacks for those entering their 40s is the increased chance of stroke. Similar prevention steps can be taken to avoid strokes, from quitting smoking and drinking, to eating right and exercising more.
I should get this one out of the way as well, given what I’ve already said and what is still to come. As you enter your 40s, depression can increasingly become a concern. Having a firm support circle around you is incredibly important, as well as friends that are willing to lend you an ear whenever you need it. Make sure to return the favor, they’re likely going through much the same issues you are.
The word cancer often comes with reactions of extreme fear; however skin cancer is hardly something to be concerned about in today’s medical world. By keeping an eye on your skin for anything out of the ordinary, and reporting it to your doctor as soon as possible, you can make skin cancer a non-issue.
As you grow in years, the chances of breast cancer begin to increase. It’s extremely important to follow your healthcare providers recommended schedule for mammograms, as while breast cancer is a serious ailment, it is much easier to deal with in its early stages.
As you grow as a person, your ability to metabolize foods begins to deteriorate. This makes dieting and exercise more and more important as you enter into your fabulous forties.
While not tied to age necessarily, diabetes is an issue that increases in likelihood later in life. Watch your sugar intake, and ask your medical professional about your sugar levels when blood work is done.
Having regular exams with your gynecologist is important throughout life, but as you leave your 30s behind that importance increases due to the risk of cervical cancer. Make sure you keep up to date with your exams, and have your gynecologist walk you through the results of the exam when they get back.