Some people say that the 40s are the new 30’s of yesterday. The 40-something women of today are being noted as being the sexiest women alive and they are redefining sexiness. However, health specialists warn that even if a women is beautiful and looks healthy on the outside, it doesn’t mean that these women cannot acquire age related health problems, according to Ob/Gyn Dr. Shari Brasner who is the assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Here are the top rated health risks for women over 40 years old.
- Breast Health- Regular mammograms are critical. “Breast self exams are recommended for women of all ages; however, mammograms should be a part of a yearly preventative health schedule for women over 40,” Dr. Brasner states, “Early detection of breast cancer means more conservative treatment options.”
- Osteoporosis- This incapacitating bone disease is now a concern of all women, not just the older women. Women are four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis and it can happen at any age. If you have a family history of broken bones or osteoporosis, a bone density test or DEXA scan may be in order.
Heart Disease- More deadly than any other health threat to women including cancer is heart disease. It is the number one cause of death in women in the United States. Dr. Brasner stresses, “Women should discuss blood pressure and cholesterol testing at their annual physical, especially if there is a history of heart disease within their families.”
- Unintended Pregnancy- Women over 40 years old have the highest rate of unintended pregnancy and abortion next to teenagers. However, nearly 25 percent of women over 40 opt out of birth control completely. According to Dr. Brasner, “It’s important that women understand they still need birth control. They should be made aware of newer, unique options. For instance, after 25-plus years of having a period, these women may be interested in extended-regimen products like Seasonique that offer fewer periods. Those who are done having children may want long-term methods like ParaGard, an IUD that lasts for up to 10 years, is reversible and requires no daily routine.”
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