Wellness Through the Decades
Health Tips for Women in Their
30s, 40s, 50s and Beyond
Women have a lot to think about, when it comes to their health. Eating right, exercising, tending to their emotional well-being and staying on top of their gynecological concerns weigh on women's minds — no matter what their age. To help women stay healthy (and happy!) through the decades, they should adhere to the following guidelines regarding tests, screenings and nutrition:
After age 30, women can start to lose bone density, so eat two to three servings of low-fat dairy a day. This also may be the time when you're starting a family. If so, your diet should include folate and iodine for a few months before you conceive and during pregnancy.
Make skin health a priority, applying sunscreen with SPF 30 everyday and using a rich moisturizer to protect the skin. Years later, you'll be glad you did!
Women should receive annual mammograms starting at age 40. This is a busy time of life for many women, so be sure to have plenty of omega-3 fatty acids to boost brain power. Metabolism slows during this decade. You can stave off weight gain with exercise and healthy eating. This also helps to prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Colorectal cancer screenings should start at age 50. If you have a family history, you may need to be tested earlier. During this decade, your risk of osteoporosis increases, so make it a point to eat four servings of low-fat dairy each day. The risk for heart disease rises, too. Check your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol. Reduce salt intake to avoid high blood pressure.
60s and beyond
Our bones lose their density as we age. Have a screening test at age 65 to make sure your bones are strong. We also become more immune to illness. If you are 65 or older, get a flu shot.
Dementia is more common after 65. Keeping your mind active and your heart healthy are the best ways to prevent its onset.
||Come to the annual Women's Expo this November!
The Expo will feature the following:
• Keynote from Sophia Franklin, Biggest Loser contestant
• Integrative medicine presentation by Marie Steinmetz, MD
• Free screenings, including blood pressure and
• Cooking demonstrations from Whole Foods
• Free Zumba class from Sport and Health
• Backpacking tips from REI
• Information booths from hospital services, such as maternity care, breast care, joint health, diabetes and nutrition, intervention and diagnostic radiology, and more
When: Friday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria (Carlyle Square in Old Town)
Free parking is available.
To register, call 1-855-694-6682 or go here.