Aging is a part of life and as we age there are some very important health screenings that we should be doing annually. Keeping your body healthy by proactively seeking a medical doctors advice is shown to help you to live longer and prevent many medical conditions by early detection.
It’s imperative to be diligent and visit your doctor after turning 50. Many major medical conditions become more apparent after this age and if caught early enough, they can be treated and eliminated.
Here are some health screenings for women over 50 you should consider if you’re seeking to be proactive about your health conditions.
The earlier cancer is detected, the better your chances of survival. Preventative medicine is one of the most important aspects of gaining and maintaining a healthy life. Both breast and cervical cancer are the leading cancers affecting women who are over the age of 50. The more knowledge you have about your body and your health the more peace of mind you’ll have by maintaining control over your health issues and your well being.
2. Bone Density
Osteoporosis often affects women over the age of 50. A bone density scan can detect and reveal your chances of broken and fractured bones. Most experts suggest that you should have your bone density checked every 2 years. Make sure to have plenty of calcium in your diet to help maintain your bone density but remember that this alone will not prevent fractures or broken bones.
3. Blood Pressure
Have your blood pressure checked at least every six months or invest in a wrist or arm blood pressure cuff and monitor it at home. This will help you to keep track of how you’re health is doing. High blood pressure can mean you’re at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. The walls of your arteries can become clogged or roughened and cause your heart to have to work harder to maintain your body. High blood pressure can reduce your ability to concentrate and affect your memory.
Reduce your intake of sodium (salt), reduce your intake of caffeine, make sure to exercise more (a good daily walk is a great start) and try to reduce any mental stress that you may have in your life. To reduce this stress you can consider meditation, hypnosis, massage therapy, prayer, exercise or other forms that soothe you.
Your blood has two types of cholesterol called LDL and HDL. LDL is bad for your heart and the HDL is good for your body’s overall health. Doctors will check your blood for Lipoprotein to decide the levels of cholesterol in your blood.
Your doctor will want your levels to remain lower to prevent any fatty build up in your arteries. LDL will clog your arteries and the HDL will help prevent the clogging. Bad cholesterol can lead to stroke and heart disease so make sure to talk to your doctor about your diet, exercise and how you can prevent this condition.
Consider more Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. These are found in fish and nuts and will improve your HDL cholesterol. Avoid eating any trans fats to help keep your cholesterol lower.
IF your thyroid is working too fast or too slow, you may have hormone levels that can negatively impact your life. The early these levels are detected the sooner intervention can take place that can make your life much better and help you to age much more gracefully. Many women over 50 find that their thyroids aren’t functioning at optimum levels and these women struggle with feelings of depression and weight gain. With proper medication and life style changes these women can reduce these issues and lead healthy happy lives.
When it comes to health, knowledge is power. You can be empowered by taking a proactive stance and taking care of your health.