Top Health Concerns For Women In Their 50s
Our bodies go through changes throughout our lives and, yes, some of these changes are unpleasant. However, thanks to modern medicine we can prevent and/or treat most of the conditions that put a damp on our lives. For women over 50, being in good health can be easy, just as long as they learn to listen to their bodies and see a doctor at the first sign of trouble. Of course, having a healthy and balanced lifestyle is always of great help.
Here are the most common health concerns for women over 50 – take a look so that you know what to keep an eye out for and make sure that you catch everything in time:
Menopausal and post-menopausal discomfort
Hot flashes, vaginal and urinal discomforts, troubles sleeping and various changes in mood and state of mind – all of these are common symptoms associated with menopause. Sadly, most women consider that they simply have to live through them as menopause is just a natural stage of life. While the latter part is true, you can always do something about your symptoms. From hormone replacement therapies to vaginal rejuvenation, a plethora of treatment options are available. Just check in with your gynecologist and set up an appointment – your troubles can be over sooner than you think.
Women over 50 are more prone to developing various types of cancer, especially breast or ovarian. Before you get scared of the ugly “C” word, remember that this terrible illness, too, can be prevented. Make sure to get regular screenings, mammograms and pap smears. As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable to check in with your gynecologist and your GP at least once a year, just to make sure everything is in check.
Bone density begins to decay around the age of 30, but its effects are most visible when we are in our 50s. Once again, assuming that joint pains are just a natural part of aging and that we can do nothing about them is wrong. Did you know that there are over 100 types of arthritis known to man? Since we know them, we can also do something about them. Various types of medication that alleviate pain and help stimulate bone density are available now, so why suffer in silence?
In your 50s, your heart should be given a lot of attention, especially if your lifestyle wasn’t entirely healthy: smoking, drinking, eating a lot of meat and fried foods can lead to cardiovascular problems. Aside from a healthier lifestyle, you also need to go to your yearly check-ups and ask for advice on maintaining your cholesterol levels in check.