Women’s Health: Medical Screening for Safety
Maintaining your health and prolonging your longevity requires a succinct approach. Aside from living an active and healthy lifestyle, there are certain medical screenings that shouldn’t be avoided for women who are nearing the age of 50+. Screenings are relatively simple tests that most often involve blood work. In some cases, like mammograms, they may require that you visit a specialist’s office. Use these simple medical screening tips for women that will be provided in this article to help maintain good health well into your 50s.
Breast Cancer: Talk to your health care provider about the risks of breast cancer and ask them whether or not you should get a mammogram. Team up with a buddy and do buddy checks at least once every six months.
Cervical Cancer: Make sure that you have a regular annual pap smear done to check for signs of cervical cancer. Even if you have had a hysterectomy or no longer sexually active, an annual pap smear is advised until you reach the age of 65.
Depression: Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any signs of depression, even if they may be related to pre or postmenopausal symptoms. Telltale signs include: loss of interest, prolonged sadness, anxiety, and reclusiveness.
Diabetes: If you are taking medications to regulate your blood pressure, or if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80, get a diabetes screening conducted.
High Blood Pressure: Have your blood pressure checked once every year by your doctor. High blood pressure can put extra strain on your heart and contribute to increased risks of strokes, serious illnesses, and ailments.
High Cholesterol: Have your cholesterol levels checked every year. Levels that are too high can increase your risks of heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, and other serious illnesses.
HIV & Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases: If you are sexually active or have ever been sexually active with another person, make sure that you have an STD test conducted. Certain STDs can cause illness, prolonged illness, or even death if left untreated.
Osteoporosis (Bone Thinning): Have your bones screened every three years before the age of 65 to check for bone thinning and loss of bone mass density.
Overweight and Obesity: Have your body mass index (BMI) checked for obesity, and ask your doctor what your BMI should be for your height and age.
Simple Tips for Living an Active & Healthy Lifestyle at 50+
By adhering to a daily exercise regimen, you can help preserve your health and enjoy a more active and redeeming lifestyle. It’s advised that you take up a fitness or workout program and commit to exercising for at least 30-60 minutes per day. Ensure that you are eating a balanced diet and taking any recommended vitamins and minerals for your age group. Moderate the consumption of alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and avoid toxins found in tobacco products and others. See your doctor and dentist regularly for good physical and oral health. Undergo any recommended medical screenings for women to maximize your longevity.