Blood pressure increases with age. Cholesterol levels also tend to increase after the menopause and the thyroid gland can become underactive. These problems tend to be silent so it is worthwhile having a check up with a doctor who can easily run some tests.
They say being 50 is now the new 40. They are older and they are wiser. Women aged 50 and older have had plenty of life experience and may have achieved their goals. Many women enjoy this special time of life and feel renewed. Your children are probably grown or getting there and now you have more time to devote to your own interests.
There are many things to love about being post-menopausal. There is a light at the end of the tunnel of heavy bleeding and hot flashes. No more Kotex pads or Tampons! No more worry about pregnancy.
The 50s are a fork in the road. Aggressively learning and understanding the needs for optimal health will put you on a path that best protects the body throughout the remainder of life. Take care of your health and you can lead an active life at any age. Optimal health is not about waiting for disease, it's about taking charge of your health.
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Breast Check screens women by mammogram every 2 years starting at age 50. Cervical Check will continue to screen women at 5 yearly intervals up to the age of 60.
There is a natural drop in bone density of about 15% around the menopause. Women also need more calcium than when they were younger so calcium supplements are recommended. Get plenty of vitamin D since it is essential for optimal calcium absorption. Milk is vitamin-D fortified and sunlight is another good source of vitamin D. Bone density scan should also be considered particularly if there is a family history of osteoporosis.
The drop in oestrogen can cause genitourinary changes making a woman more prone to cystitis and vaginal dryness. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can moderate some of the symptoms.
You won't see or feel some changes caused by estrogen decline or the aging process, but they will be happening nevertheless. Apart from bone loss, which can be silent, you also may develop increased risk for heart disease, impairment of thyroid function and changes in brain function.
Regular check-ups and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise will help you maintain a healthy heart and brain.
B12 supports healthy nerve and blood cells and is needed to make DNA. As we age, our stomach acid decreases, making it more difficult to absorb nutrients such as B12. B12 deficiency can cause low hemoglobin and can affect your brain function.
Older adults are at a greater risk for B12 deficiency, but adding the vitamin to your diet in a supplemental form can help prevent symptoms which can take years to appear well before they start.
Don't confuse your annual or semiannual Pap test with a gynecologic examination. It is recommended that all women of this age group have a gynecologic examination, including a pelvic exam, annually.
Get a Pap test every three years or both a Pap test and an HPV test every five years. If you have risk factors such as previous abnormal screening results, multiple sex partners, a weakened immune system or HIV infection, you should have a Pap test every year. Talk to your Doctor about what's right for you.
If you have any bleeding after menopause, seek medical attention urgently. After a woman has had a year with no periods, she should not bleed. Don't wait to see if it happens again. Cervical or Uterine Cancer, Cervical or Endometrial polyps or HRT related disturbances are some of the causes.
|Blood Pressure||Get tested every two years if you have normal blood pressure (lower than 120/80),once a year if you have blood pressure between 120/80 and 140/90. Discuss treatment with your doctor or nurse if you have blood pressure 140/90 or higher.|
|Bone Density||Discuss with your doctor or nurse if you are at risk of osteoporosis.|
|Breast Cancer||Get screened for breast cancer every 2 years.|
|Cervical Cancer||Get a Pap test every 3 years if youíre sexually active.|
|Chlamydia||Get tested for Chlamydia yearly if you are sexually active and at increased risk.|
|Cholesterol||Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease. Ask your doctor how often you need your cholesterol tested.|
|Colorectal Cancer||Get screened for colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it.|
|Diabetes||Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure.|
|Gonorrhea||Get tested for Gonorrhea if you are sexually active and at increased risk.|
|HIV||Get tested if you are at increased risk for HIV. Discuss your risk with your doctor.|
|Syphilis||Get tested for syphilis if you are at increased risk.|
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