Life after 40: ways women can thrive
At age 40 the risk of developing serious health conditions increases. It's an important time for women to evaluate their overall health.
Women, is 40 really the new 30? Reportedly, 21st century women ages 40+ are feeling better, looking better and staying healthier than ever before. Experts credit this development to increased public health efforts such as National Women’s Health Week.
With a forward focus, Rose Medical Center’s Rose Women’s Hospital in concert with the U.S. Office on Women’s Health is encouraging women to make their health a priority — especially those who are 40 and older.
If you are approaching the big 4-0 milestone, you may wonder of which common health concerns you should be watchful. Rose Women’s Hospital is here to help, and our experts have compiled four tips for staying proactive to achieve good health.
Avoiding common health concerns for women over 40
Age 40 is recognized as a milestone in the field of healthcare. At this age, the risk of developing several serious health conditions increases, making it a particularly important time for women to evaluate their overall health.
Learn your family history
If you have not yet taken the time to learn about your family history, now is the time. Many cancers ‘run in the family’ as do other serious conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and thyroid disorders. If you are not able to speak with blood-related relatives, consider undergoing genetic testing to learn more about your risk.
Know your numbers
Knowing several key health numbers is important to maintaining a healthy heart.
The four most important numbers to monitor to prevent things such as heart attacks, diabetes and strokes are:
- Blood pressure
- Body weight
- Blood sugar
Talk to your doctor about the ideal ranges for these values. Your provider can help you understand what ranges are most healthy for your specific needs and can help you take a proactive approach in lowering (or raising) your numbers.
Get your thyroid checked
In middle age, many women begin to face thyroid concerns. Most commonly, thyroid disorders are diagnosed between the ages 45 to 55. Because the thyroid produces vital hormones, it is important for this regulating gland to stay in balance. An out-of-balance thyroid affects energy levels, moods, body weight and much more. Your primary care doctor or ob/gyn can test your levels to evaluate the health of your thyroid.
Sarcopenia is a common symptom of aging and describes the gradual loss of muscle mass. Physically inactive people ages 30 and older can lose up to 5% of their muscle mass per decade. A detrimental side effect to losing muscle tone is weakening bones, which can lead to osteoporosis—a particularly serious concern for women. Strengthen your muscles and your bones now! Consider engaging in 30 to 60 minutes of resistance training at least three times a week. This will help you maintain bone density and minimize bone loss.
All women are encouraged to be active and engaged in their own healthcare, and Rose Women’s Hospital is making that easier and more accessible than ever. Here, women soon will enjoy a focused, tranquil space devoted to meeting the unique needs of women throughout all stages of life. No matter what type of care you need — cancer, breast health, heart care, wellness, weight loss, infertility, surgery, ob/gyn, gynecologic, pelvic health or thyroid/endocrine, we have compiled the very best teams to assist you, in a convenient, accessible location.
It is not always easy to take charge of your health, but the reward is often a healthier, longer, more fulfilled life.
Rose Women’s Hospital is a new addition to Rose Medical Center. Here, we understand that the healthcare needs of women are different. Not only do women experience unique health circumstances through gynecology, pregnancy and breast health, women also require special care for cancer treatment, heart health and more. Our providers are not only experts in their fields, but they also are experts in caring for the distinct needs of women.