If you have been keen on your health in your twenties and thirties, getting to 40 should not be problematic at all. But if you slipped slightly – like 95%out there- there is great chance to get back on track.
The body of a woman faces so many changes once one gets into her 40s. For instance, metabolism goes down and estrogen starts to wane. Under such circumstances, it is important to avoid the following six health mistakes.
You kick out birth control
Yes it is true that as one ages, fertility declines. However, if you are still sexually active, do not make a mistake of skipping birth control with the assumption that you are too old to be pregnant.
Just Maureen Whelihan – a gynecologist – explains, unwanted pregnancy does not affect only the teenagers but also women above forty. She goes on to explain that this risk does not reduce until one reaches menopause.
To be safe from “surprise,” speak with your doctor about your birth control options.
You neglect your eyes
Just the same way you are keen on the other parts of your body; give your eyes descent attention. If you have not gone for a detailed eye examination, it’s about time you did.
Doctors usually test for eye conditions such as glaucoma that is responsible for central visual loss. Though cataracts generally present later in life, some individuals may have issues earlier.
Thus, as much as your vision has been okay earlier on, do not be ignorant. You may begin to reach out for glasses in your forties due to presbyopia, but that’s not where the solution is. Your doctor may be helpful.
You rely on fad diets to lose weight
Changing hormones may cause your body composition to shift. It is possible to fight back some little extra belly in your 40s. But fad shouldn’t be the way to go about this. They do not have vital ingredient needed to preserve muscle mass and bone density. Lack of these ingredients can cause osteoporosis later in life.
Exercise plays an important role in staying in tip-top shape at any age but it’s especially crucial as we get older.
Also, take lots of Vitamin D and calcium. These can easily be found from cheese, yogurt or cow’s milk. If you have limited supply of these, speak to your doctor about available supplements.
You delay your breast screenings
The American Cancer Society recommends a yearly mammogram right from the age of 40. Because of the confusing nature of breast cancer, most women tend to ignore it in their 40s.
But the National Cancer Institute has done studies which suggest that screening mammography reduces the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 74.
Dr. Donna Plecha, director of Breast Imaging at University Hospitals Case Medical Center said that “Self-exams keep you familiar with how your breasts feel so you can notice any changes and then talk to your doctor about those changes.”
You sleep less
Due to the demanding nature of most jobs and families, your sleep time may be stolen. But for a healthy body, it is important not to skimp bedtime.
Adults between 25 and 64 years of age are recommended to sleep 7 to 9 hours each night although there are people who sleep even for less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours.
It is difficult to eliminate all the life stresses but they can be better managed with a better sleep at night.
Diabetes is the last of your thoughts
When you get to the age of 45, speak to your doctor about going for a Type 2 diabetes screening.
If you test negative, go for another screening in three years. But if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, remember that exercise and proper diet will do you good.