Common Health Issues for Women Over 55
Age is relative – to a point. And, by that, we mean that no matter how young you feel mentally, emotionally and even physically – the human body cannot defy the aging process. While healthy diet and regular exercise are essential to living a long and healthy life, we’re increasingly aware genetics and environmental factors play integral roles in an individual’s health, including the diseases or conditions you’ll develop as you age.
As the folks at WebMD put it, “More than 9 in 10 older adults have some type of chronic disease, and almost 8 in 10 have more than one. So chances are, you’ll have one sooner or later. But there are things you can do to live a healthier life.”
Pay attention to common health conditions affecting women 55+
After crossing the half-decade marker at your 50th birthday, you are at higher-risk for the most common women’s health issues.
Your awareness, commitment to observing routine wellness and health checkups and adherence to your doctor’s recommendations and treatments are essential to minimizing the effects of (or avoiding) the following health conditions.
The hormone restructuring that triggers menopause is also responsible for physiological changes that require attention. One of these is the decrease in bone mass that leads to osteoporosis. In addition to a healthy diet and a doctor-approved calcium supplement, weight bearing exercises help to increase bone mass.
High blood pressure and elevated cholesterol
Typically, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol go hand-in-hand – and lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Women are now just as likely as men to die from a heart attack, the result of the blocking and/or narrowing of blood vessels all around your body. Diet and exercise are key to preventing and treating heart disease, but stress reduction is critical as well. Haven’t found your idea route to a more calm and centered self? Start exploring your options and it could save your life.
Type 2 Diabetes
You may have noticed it’s harder to maintain your target weight after menopause. In addition to a slower metabolism, older women tend to move less and this leads to decreased muscle mass, which leads to muscles converting to fat; before you know it, you’re caught in a vicious cycle.
Genetics play a strong role here; if you’re immediate family members have type 2 diabetes, you’re more likely to develop it too. Start using diabetes diet guidelines to shape how you eat. Again, those weight-bearing exercises help – building both muscle and bone mass – a win-win.