In your 50’s your health plan should be mainly focused on making this your healthiest and happiest decade of your life!
You know that you should get screened regularly. You also know how important is to have proper nutrition and exercise!
But midlife has arrived, and it brings special challenges for women! That however, does not mean it should stop you from living a productive life for decades to come! To keep your self in the best of health, try yourself this simple advises!
You Need To Manage Menopause!
Menopause as it affects just about every system in your body. One of the biggest mistakes women make is to learn to live with the menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, sleeping difficulties and vaginal and urinary problems. You should always consult with your doctor first, but the North American Menopause Society released findings on what really works to help cool things off! According to their cognitive behavioral therapy which includes relaxation techniques, learning sleep strategies etc. Bladder issues like stress or urge incontinence can also be helped with medications, devices and behavioral changes, according to Soltes, who advises women to see a doctor with a special interest in menopause if they are having any menopausal difficulties.
You Ignore Hearth Health!
Hearth disease is the number one killer of women and the risk rises as women age! Average lifetime risk goes up to almost 40%. If you have two or more risk factors, such as high cholesterol and blood pressure, risks rise to 50%. Usually its the habits from early life, that will catch up to you in your 50’s, such as smoking, obesity, not enough exercise etc. according to the American Heart Association! But the good news is that it is never to late to change your bad habits! Even if you start now it will still lower the risk of having a hearth disease!
You Think Sex Is Over!
Sexual frequency lowers as you age, but that also maybe due to hormonal upheavals at menopause, which can cause vaginal dryness thus leading to a potentially painful sex! But don’t worry there is help! Over the counter lubricants can help but exercises such as yoga, kegel exercise and pelvic floor physical therapy can help some women with their sexual problems.
You Skip Screenings!
By now i am sure some screenings are a routine like PAP, blood pressure, cholesterol. But as you hit 50 your doctor will start recommending others! If you decided not to have a mammogram in your forties, start now. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends women ages 50 to 74 have a mammograms biennially starting at age 50.
Also make sure to get this essential checkups!
- Eye exam: Every 2 to 4 years
- Pap test and pelvic exam: Every 1 to 3 years
- Mole check: Every year
- Blood pressure: Every 2 years
- Thyroid: Every 5 years
- Mammogram: Every 1 to 2 years
- Colonoscopy: Every 10 years
- Hearing: Every 3 years
- Sigmoidoscopy: Every 5 years starting at 50 (can skip on colonoscopy years)
- Blood glucose: Every 3 years starting at age 45
- Fecal occult blood test: Yearly