Women are often found to neglect their health. As they juggle work, family, household chores, children, and a myriad other things, taking care of their own health often takes a back seat.
Often a number of illnesses, diseases, and complications can be avoided if we are aware about them and take timely precautions and preventative measures—for instance, routine examinations and screenings.
If women knew what complications are likely to develop at around what age, they might be able to take preventative steps and avoid further illnesses.
Health risks that women are susceptible to at various stages as they age are discussed here.
Health scares in the 30s
The 30s are considered the prime age where women have settled into life, a career, family, and probably motherhood, and a time when they are enjoying good health too.
However, women need to watch their cholesterol and blood pressure during this age period as these are often silent killers; thus periodic screening is recommended. At the same time, screenings for HPV (human papillomavirus) and PAP screenings for cervical cancer need to be done routinely in the 30s as well to eliminate risks. Breast cancer is another concern women need to take timely screenings against.
Other factors that take a toll in the 30s include
- Fertility (which starts declining around the age of 32 and sharply drops beyond 37 years)
- Metabolism (women tend to put on weight around their middle in their 30s and due to lower metabolism find it hard to lose the weight too)
- Muscle mass (cardiovascular activities alone cannot suffice post age 30 as women tend to lose muscle mass)
- Skin (acne affects the skin of women in adulthood; also, the chances of skin cancer are high and need to be considered)
Health risks in the 40s
The 40s is when the body is transitioning into middle age. The body can develop a number of health problems if proper care and measures are not taken.
Common health concerns in the 40s include osteoporosis, heart ailments, and developing cancer.
- Osteoporosis affects almost every woman and corrective measures are necessary, including changes in diet, calcium supplements, and exercises, including those that are weight bearing. By detection of weak bones, the disease can be prevented.
- Heart disease is a concern too; therefore cholesterol and blood pressure must be examined regularly.
- Diabetes is also a threat that can be kept in check with routine examinations.
- Cancers, especially breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and cervical cancer, must be screened for routinely.
- Other tests to conduct include mole examination, thyroid checks, and eye examination.
- Stress and related disorders can also develop in the 40s, so healthy diet, strength training, and socializing with women friends and partner alike is recommended.
Health concerns in the 50s
The 50s are no longer considered old age, as many are up and about at this age. However, health concerns to look for in this age period include:
- Hormonal changes are a major concern, especially if women are menopausal. Thyroid problems must also be heeded at this age.
- Chronic pain including arthritis, back pain, and osteoporosis are a major concern.
- Mental illness, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, is a major threat that requires early attention for timely detection and prevention.
- Eye examination and steps against hearing loss are a must in the 50s.
- Examinations including PAP smear, mammogram, colorectal cancer screening, and blood pressure and cholesterol checks must all be part of a routine by this age.
- Weight gain and muscle loss can be a concern that will require extra efforts, exercise, and a healthy diet.
These are health concerns that usually affect women from their 30s to 50s and beyond.