Taking Care of Yourself: Your 40s and 50s

 Taking care of yourself is important at any age, and with each new decade brings a new set of recommended wellness visits based on your age. Find out the best ways to care for yourself and your health in your 40s and 50s. 

Focus on Your Health in Your 40s and 50s

Patients in their 40s and 50s should continue with regular health screenings at intervals recommended by their physicians. These screenings include annual pelvic exams and routine Pap smears as preventative measures for cervical cancer and HPV. When you turn 40, you should also ask if you should begin mammogram screenings. Cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes screenings are especially important during these years. Beginning age 50, patients should talk to their doctor about adding colonoscopies as a part of preventative screenings to protect their health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that patients without a family health history of colon cancer get a colonoscopy every 10 years.

Signs of Aging

As we age, our bodies undergo a lot of changes. Skin and hair begin to change, our metabolism can slow down and maintaining a healthy weight becomes a little more difficult than in one’s twenties or thirties. Take time to talk to your doctor about aging and establishing healthy diet and exercise routine. Any other behaviors, like smoking and drinking that can negatively affect your health, should also be mentioned when completing your health history. Contraception should still be something to consider as you still remain fertile until menopause.

Did We Mention Menopause?

The onset of menopause usually begins between 45 and 55. Signs that menopause is approaching include irregular menstrual cycle – which may include heavy bleeding and pain. Other symptoms of menopause include moodiness and irritability, vaginal dryness, insomnia, hot flashes, and changes in sex drive. Sharing your symptoms with your doctor is beneficial because they may be able to recommend hormone replacement therapy or interventions to help ease your discomfort.

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