Reaching your 40s is not only a milestone, but it can sometimes usher in new changes to your overall health. As a woman, not preparing for those changes could put you at risk of developing a serious health condition later. If you are turning 40 or already in your 40s, here are some changes to look for and what you can do to prepare for them.
Your Metabolism Will Slow
Metabolism converts your food into energy that your body uses. Your body uses some of the energy right away. The remainder is stored and leads to weight gain. When you reach age 40, your metabolism starts to slow by five percent every 10 years. As a result, losing weight can become more difficult. You might even start to gain weight.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight. One simple way is to eat breakfast daily. In the mornings, your metabolism is at its highest. By eating, you are providing your body the energy it needs to get started while keeping your body's storage of the excess to a minimum.
You Are at a Greater Risk for Breast Cancer
Unfortunately, growing older also means that you are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The increased risk does not necessarily mean that you will develop breast cancer, but it does mean you need to be vigilant about your health.
Part of being careful about your health is performing monthly self-examinations of your breasts at home. Your OB/GYN can provide guidance on how to perform it. If you notice any lumps, discoloration, puckering, or nipple discharge, schedule an examination with your doctor immediately.
Once you reach the age of 45, you should have your first mammogram. Your OB/GYN might recommend an earlier screening if you have a family history of breast cancer or other factors that could put you in a higher risk category.
You Can Experience Depression
As you age, it is possible for you to develop depression. Although depression can develop at any age, hormonal changes that occur after age 40 can make it more likely that you experience it. For instance, the transition into menopause can lead to depression.
There are various symptoms of depression you should look for including feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and guilt. You also should be wary of physical ailments, such as fatigue and unexplained aches and pains. Your OB/GYN can help rule out any physical condition and provide a referral to a therapist if needed.
For a mammogram, contact an office such as Women's Care Inc.
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