As we get older, it’s almost inevitable that we will experience a few more aches, pains, and illnesses than we did when we were younger. That’s why it’s so important that you are aware of some of the most common health issues you need to look out for as you approach midlife and beyond…
A lot of women think that they are unlikely to experience heart attack because it is a medical issue that’s more commonly associated with men, However, heart disease is actually a leading cause of death in ladies who are over the age of 40, so it is really important that you do what you can to lower your chances of being hit by it. By eating well, giving up smoking, and exercising regularly, you can significantly lower your chances of suffering from this particular illness.
Hearing loss and tinnitus
As we approach midlife, we will have subjected our poor ears to so many loud concerts, fireworks, lawnmowers, and…well you get the idea, that it is only natural they may start to suffer. Hearing loss and tinnitus are very common in midlife and beyond and they can creep up on us unawares. When you have hearing loss, your personal life suffers considerably but hearing health and job prospects are also inextricably linked too so it can really have a huge impact on your whole life, That’s why you need to look out for the signs such as ringing in the ears, asking people to repeat themselves, being frustrated and confused, hearing unusual sounds and so on. Looking after your ears by avoiding loud noises is also a really good idea.
You are significantly more likely to develop breast cancer once you hit 40 than you are when you are 30 and the odds increase with every passing year. That’s why it is so very important that you take the time to regularly examine your breasts and attend an annual breast screening appointment. Hopefully, breast cancer is an illness you will never have to be confronted with, but if you are, the sooner you catch it the better it will be for your health.
Around 80 percent of all osteoporosis cases in the United States are found in women. As women get older, their bones tend to get weaker and this can cause a lot of pain, mobility issues, and fractures. Luckily, it is possible to mitigate against osteoporosis by getting plenty of vitamin D, lots of calcium, and participating in strength training exercises. A healthy diet will really help too.
As you can see, there are a number of issues that tend to affect one’s health more in midlife, but as long as you are aware and you take good care of yourself, your risk for developing any of them is likely to be low, assuming no medical history that would state otherwise. So, don’t panic, but do get serious about your health. The sooner you make healthy life changes, the better your health will be.