Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Health tips for woman over 40

over 401. Reassess your diet to maintain a healthy weight. "Women should reassess their calorie intake after 40 and should make adjustments to their diets based on their activity levels." (The single best way to lose weight)
2. Bone up on calcium. Women over 40 need to increase their focus on calcium intake. "Without real effort, most women fall short of the recommended daily allowance for calcium and would benefit from a supplement," Dr Brasner says. (The health benefits of milk)

3. Do weight-bearing activity. "Exercise can help keep leading factors of heart disease at bay, and keep bones and muscles strong -- which is extremely important as women enter perimenopause," says Dr Brasner. In addition to cardio exercise, she suggests weight-bearing activities that improve bone strength. (Get pumped with BodyPump)

4. Rally your friends and family. Dr Brasner suggests that women starting an exercise program should try a buddy system for motivation and fun. (Why a fitness support system works)

5. Don't be last in line. Dr Brasner stresses, "Women tend to place the needs of their family ahead of their own, but when it comes to health, women need to make themselves a priority."


Unintendent pregnancy

pregnantAccording to Dr Brasner, women over 40 have the highest rate of unintended pregnancy and abortion next to teenagers, yet nearly 25 percent opt out of birth control altogether. The women's health expert says, "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." There is no reason for women over 40 to stop having sex; they just need to reassess their birth control options to determine which method suits them best.

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Breast health

Dr Brasner stresses the importance of regular mammograms. "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," she says. "Early detection of breast cancer means more conservative treatment options." The National Cancer Institute estimates that just over 13 percent of women (one in seven) will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their lives. In addition to regular checkups, understanding your risk factors can help you make changes in your lifestyle to reduce your chances of becoming a statistic and developing this potentially fatal disease.