Top 5 Health Risks for Women over 40

(Guest Post by Marina Chernyak)

With the turning of my age one thing that was unexpected for me was the amount of issues the doctor would tell me to watch out for. But, instead of getting freaked out over all of the issues that could go wrong I want to know about the ones that go wrong most often!

Please know that I am not a doctor and I am not telling you that all the other health problems are not important. But what I have done is scoured the Internet and many books to find the five most talked about issues for women over forty.

1. Breast Cancer

It is no big mystery that breast cancer is on the rise and I am sure you are not surprised to find it on the list or even in the number one spot. Most statistics say that 1 in 8 women will develop Breast Cancer. As most of you know your yearly mammogram is a good way to catch a developing tumor. You can also check yourself for lumps by feeling your breasts periodically. But, what are some steps to prevent? So far there is nothing significant to help protect you from Breast Cancer but some doctors say that women over 40 who exercise are 50% less likely to acquire Breast Cancer.

2. Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is another one that I was not surprised to find at the top of this list. Osteoporosis weakens your bones and makes your risk of fractures or bone breaks much higher. Decrease of estrogen during menopause is a big factor for Osteoporosis. You can help to keep your bones healthy and strong by regular exercise as well as eating foods that are high in calcium such as Yogurt, Eggs, and Cheese!

3. Depression

I was a little surprised to find Depression at the top of this list. Some researchers are finding that there can be a genetic link to depression. Depression can also be caused from chemical imbalances, Illnesses, pain, and/or grief, just to name a few. Most depressions can be treated with medications prescribed to you by your doctor. But, another way to help give yourself a pick me up is exercise, do not over work yourself, try to keep your stress level down, and take time out for yourself. Boy! I like the sound of that! Anything for a little ME time!

4. Heart Diseases

Did you know that women are more likely than men to have a heart attack without chest pain? The most likely symptoms for women are shortness of breath and pain down one or both arms. Sweating can be involved as well but that is another symptom that is most often found in men. There are many causes of Heart Disease but some of the top causes are Fat, Plaque and Cholesterol. For prevention, diet and exercise are good on the heart. Studies have shown that a diet high in antioxidants such as fruits, veggies, and whole grains can help to make your heart a little healthier!

5. Cervical Cancer

Human Papillomavirus or HPV is the biggest cause of Cervical Cancer. This is checked for during your yearly physical through a pap smear. There are a growing number of men and women who are developing HPV through sexual contact. Not all HPV viruses cause cervical cancer so it is important for you to first and foremost figure out what strand you have. Some signs and symptoms of Cervical Cancer can be abnormal bleeding and bleeding during intercourse. Some of the treatments for Cervical Cancer include chemotherapy, radiation, or a hysterectomy. What is the best way to prevent Cervical Cancer? Well it is known that HPV is acquired through intercourse. There is also no signs or symptoms for many strands of HPV. The number of sexual partners you or your partner has had can inflate your risk of contracting HPV. You can also develop HPV while using protection so keep that in mind!

I hope some of these tidbits will help you out in your day to day life. It is important for us women to stay strong and healthy. There is so much more to do with our lives! So help your body out and please take the precautionary strategies to help maintain your health for a more positive you!

Author Bio: Marina Chernyak is the co-owner of 1001Shops LLC and manages her walking canes store at 1001WalkingCanes.com.

2 Responses to Top 5 Health Risks for Women over 40
  1. tsanko

    Wonderful ..thanks a lot for posting a good informitive blog

  2. http://www.squidoo.com/cervical-cancer--symptoms

    It’s nice to see personal stories with increased details, as I have had changes and ‘symptoms’ but We’ve not a clue when they are linked to cervical cancer or not- .. like I’ve lumbar pain, pelvic pain, some slight changes in bleeding and pain during intercourse and more frequent urination but the descriptions of symptoms are so general which it really causes it to be hard to not worry or over react to every little pain. (I’m developing a colposcopy the following month)

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