Women have unique health issues, and as they age the conditions of their organs may get weaken and they need an additional care. Here are the suggestions for women to help you stay healthy at 50 plus age. Find out the screening tests, medicines and health suggestions and how to prevent the diseases.
Get the Screening Tests Done
As you age, screening tests such as blood pressure readings, mammograms once in a while is important to check for the diseases before you have any symptoms. Talk to your doctors after you find the results and take the needed suggestions.
Discuss with your health care team if you need a mammogram. Also mention to the doctors, if you have a family member with breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or peritoneal cancer. The genetic counselling and BRCA genetic testing may help women who have a family history of certain cancers.
Until the age of 65, women need to get a Pap smear every 3 years or both Pap smear and human papilloma virus (HPV) test once in 5 years. If you are aged above 65 and had a hysterectomy, consult your doctor if you still need to undergo screenings.
Get screening test for colorectal cancer if you are 75 or younger and doctors may suggest a stool test or a colonoscopy that detects the cancer. If you are aged between 76 and 85, consult your doctors if you should need the screened tests.
As important as your physical health is your emotional health. Symptoms like felling down; sad, hopeless can be duet to emotional stress or depression. Talk to your health care team about it.
If you have high blood pressure or if you take medication for high blood pressure, it’s important to get screened for diabetes as well. Any neglect can cause serious affect on your heart, brain, eyes, feet, kidneys, nerves, and other body parts.
It’s advised to know your body better yourself. Talk to health care team regarding your vision and hearing, any condition you are concerned, any skin issues or respiratory problems or wondering about diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease
High Blood Cholesterol
Check your cholesterol levels at least every 2 years with a blood test, and it’s important when you are overweight or obese, use tobacco, personal history of heart disease or blocked arteries, strokes.
Get screened for HIV if you are 65 or younger once, and if you are older than the age talk to the doctor if it’s required to get screened.
Lung Cancer is one of the deadly diseases and if you are between the ages of 55 and 80, and a smoking history, get screened for lung cancer. Quitting smoking is the best thing to do though.
Osteoporosis (Bone Thinning)
Women often face Osteoporosis, according to Top 5 Women’s Health concerns statistics. We suggest you to have a screening test at age 65 to make sure your bones are strong. If you are younger than 65, but are at at high risk for bone fractures, talk to your health care team and get screened.
Obesity is a condition where your body is accumulated with excess fat causing health issues. Apart from overeating and genetic factors, other causes of Obesity include fast-paced lifestyle, diet changes, lack of exercise and stress.
Doctors refer a person overweight, when his/her body mass index (BMI) increases by around 10% to 20%, and if it increases by 20% or more then he refers you as Obese. And if your BMI reaches 50% or more, then it is called morbid obesity. Get the intensive counselling from the health care providers and help with changing your behaviours to lose weight
Get Preventive Measures and Medicines
Breast Cancer Drugs
Talk to your doctor if you are at risk of Breast cancer, and you should be taking any preventive measures/medicines that help reduce the risks.
If you are 65 or older and have a history of falls, mobility problems et al, your doctor or health care team may suggest the vitamin D supplement to help reduce risks of fall. You may also opt for Exercise and physical therapy
- Try getting flu shots whenever necessary.
- Get a shot to prevent shingles if you are 60 plus age and pneumonia shot if you are 65 plus aged.
- Get shots for tetanus, whooping cough and other vaccinations if needed by talking to health care team
- Quit alcohol, smoking and maintain healthy weight to lower the risks of several illnesses.