It’s National Women’s Health Week: 12 Tips for Women at Every Age
In recognition of National Women’s Health Week May 10 to 16, the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic has offered a number of health tips for women of any age.
“Women should make their own health a priority, no matter how old they are,” said Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of OKCIC, in a release. “We want to empower women to take control of their health and ensure they’re gaining the information and taking the steps they need to lead longer, healthier lives.”
Tip for Women in Their 20s:
Schedule routine checkups. Find a primary care physician and visit them at least once a year. Getting regular checkups is the best way to catch problems early on.
Choose a Healthy Lifestyle. Habits formed in your 20s can last a lifetime, so learning to eat healthy and exercise regularly can stay with you as you get older.
Strengthen your bones. It’s important to store calcium in your 20s because 90 percent of our bone mass is achieved during this time of our lives. Calcium prevents bone loss that leads to osteoporosis. A good goal is to consume 1,200 mg of calcium and 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
Tip for Women in Their 30s:
Be mindful of metabolism. Your metabolism will start to slow down around age 35, which can lead to weight gain. Dietary changes and an increase in exercise can help.
Build muscle. A good way to increase your metabolic rate is to add fitness routines that include strength or interval training to build lean muscles.
Get enough sleep. Make sure you get at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night, and make it a priority. Sleep deprivation can stress your body and can cause heightened blood pressure and weaken your immune system.
Tip for Women in Their 40s:
Starting talking about mammograms. Talk to your doctor about when you should begin getting regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer.
Focus on nutrition. During your 40s, you should make nutrition a priority, with a focus on heart health. Adding omega-3 packed fish, like salmon, to your diet can help, as well as fiber found in grains, fruits and vegetables.
Watch for diabetes. A diabetes diagnosis can come at any age, but the chances of being diagnosed increase in women after turning 40. Managing your weight and staying active can prevent or control diabetes.
Tip for Women in Their 50s and Beyond:
Know your numbers. An important part of healthy living is knowing the numbers that affect your heart. Start getting your cholesterol (HDL and LDL), blood pressure, and body mass index checked.
Get flu vaccines. As you age, risk of complications from the flu increase, you can protect yourself by getting vaccinated.
Discuss menopause. The average age for a woman to enter menopause is 51. Symptoms can be emotionally and physically challenging, so talk to your doctor about treatment options.
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