Health Tips for Women of All Ages

Proactivity is key to women’s health. Each age bracket poses new age-related, health-specific concerns, making it important for women to stay on top of their health needs throughout the decades.

Each year, women should schedule a well-woman visit as a preventive checkup. This doctor visit will help evaluate how you’re doing, what goals you want to reach, and changes you’d like to make. Monitoring your health will keep surprises at a minimum and health at a maximum.

Here’s what women of every age should be looking for:

Take charge at Twenty

  • Establish a doctor-patient relationship: It’s time to escape from under Mom and Dad’s wing and schedule annual checkups with a doctor of your choosing. These physicals can catch problems early
  • Make health a habit: The health habits you form in your 20s are likely to stick with you throughout your life
  • Got milk? Reduce your chances of osteoporosis by taking in at least 1,200 mg of calcium and 1,000 IU of vitamin D every day to ensure good bone health

Make time at Thirty

  • Maintain a healthy weight: Metabolism begins to slow in your mid-30s. With more to juggle, many women in their 30s experience weight issues for the first time. Find ways to add exercise to your schedule when possible and eat healthy
  • Bedtime isn’t just for the kids: Getting enough sleep is vital to good health. Let your doctor know if you’re having difficulty sleeping
  • Heart your health: Have your doctor take your blood pressure during regular checkups to monitor hypertension and heart health, and test periodically for diabetes, thyroid disease, and skin cancer

Fitness at Forty

  • Just keep moving: Fit in 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise to maintain your weight. Up your workouts to an hour if you’re hoping to shed a few pounds. Preserve muscle mass and bone density by doing weight-bearing exercises and strength training
  • Calories aren’t your friend: Your metabolism decreases in your 40s, which could lead to unexpected weight gain even while maintaining a regular diet. Manage your portions by eating smaller, more frequent meals
  • Don’t doubt diabetes: Women are often diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in their 40s. Have your doctor screen you for diabetes every three years

Fifty and Forward

  • Happy heart, happy health: Women’s risk of heart disease rises in their 50s; following menopause, estrogen no longer protects you the way it used to
  • Catch colon cancer: Colon cancer is often preventable if caught in the precancerous stage. Schedule a colonoscopy with your physician
  • Fight the flu: Getting vaccinated will help you better fight serious side effects from flu