Women of all ages need to make sure to stay healthy and most experts break down women’s health routines by their age. Here are some different checks and measures that should be met as women age, through their 60s.
In your 20s…
- Kick your unhealthy habits. Sure we all drank too much, ate too much, and maybe smoked too much during our college days, but those days should be left at college. Many habits that you form in your 20s stick with you throughout your life, so let go of the bad ones!
- Plan for an annual physical. Schedule an annual check-up into your life and stick to it. You will thank yourself and will be assured that you are doing as well as you feel.
- Get your fill of calcium and vitamin D.
In your 30s…
- Keep an eye on the scale as many women begin to deal with weight struggles in their 30s.
- Get your sleep – all eight hours – if you can!
- Pay attention to irregular periods as they can be telling you something about your ovaries or thyroid as you age.
In your 40s…
- Get a mammogram.
- Have a diabetes screening done, as your chances of having Type II diabetes is more common in your 40s.
- Try to get at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise in per day.
In your 50s…
- Pay attention to your heart and your risk factors like cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Schedule a colonoscopy.
- Get the flu vaccine every year.
In your 60s…
- Have a bone density test done.
- Make sure to increase your intake of vitamin B12, which helps to produce healthy red blood cells.
- Inquire about getting a shingles vaccine and be careful of your risk factors for catching pneumonia.