5 Health Tips for Women in Their 40s
Welcome to the mid-life! You’re 40 and above, and your life-cycle shows a definite change as those of you who were married during your 20’s or even 30’s have older or grown-up children, who do not require most of your time at home, leaving you with sufficient time to spend on yourself. There’s now time for you to renew activities that you had neglected during the earlier years because of balancing married life, children and a job. There’s much to look forward to with a healthier you! Here are some health tips for women who are in their 40s.
1. Eat Food that is Healthy
We all need food that equips us with sufficient vitamins, calcium, folic acid, iron, potassium, protein, minerals and phytonutrients. Vegetables and fruits provide these, besides dairy products and meat and fish. Fruits such as oranges, and bran as well as wheat bread contain fiber that reduce the ‘bad’ cholesterol; potassium prevents heart disease; vitamin D and calcium protect you from developing osteoporosis; and phytonutrients fight off changes to the DNA, helping to prevent cancer and delay aging.
2. Take your Doctor’s Advice
Women in their 40’s who plan to have a child, must know of and inform their family’s medical history to their gynecologist/physician, as certain conditions such as diabetes or heart-related problems may run in the family. While the Pap smear test is important, experts feel the 40s is also the right time to begin mammograms, thyroid and diabetes screening tests. Consult your gynecologist for advice on contraceptives and go for all the tests your doctor advises you to take.
3. Watch out for Menopause symptoms
Changes in the body due to menopause may result in insomnia or disrupted sleep, and even the ‘restless legs’ syndrome. The most recognizable changes would be in the menstrual cycle, hot flashes, headaches, palpitation, anxiety, lack in concentration and sudden bouts of the blues.