Aging is inevitable, but that does not mean being oblivious to your health. Moreover, your responsibility for your health is heightened significantly because certain medical conditions are more common among females aged fifty and above. For instance, middle-aged women account for 75% of Osteoporosis cases in the U.S. This shocking statistic reiterates the need to look after your health. Hopefully, when you’re done reading this article, you will learn about some vital things that matter to women’s health.
Ignoring heart health
Did you know heart disease kills more women in their fifties than any other medical condition? It is the leading cause of death among women in the United States, regardless of race. For instance, in 2017, 299,578 women between the ages of fifty and fifty-nine died from heart disease. While some heart conditions were diagnosed, they were unfortunately detected too late, leading to many avoidable deaths. Today, the American Heart Association has revealed that 1 in 3 women dies annually from cardiovascular disease.
Naturally, as the body ages, organ function deteriorates as well. However, organ deterioration becomes more pronounced when you fail to adhere to healthy lifestyles and, most importantly, regular medical checks. For this reason, poor heart health is prevalent among women who fall in the following category:
- Smoking & excessive alcohol consumption
- Lack of regular exercise
Ignoring ear health
Believe it or not, the sharp decrease in estrogen levels (brought about by menopause) contributes to hearing loss. A joint study by some American and Swedish researchers discovered that women not on hormone replacement therapy had a higher risk of losing their hearing than those who did. Although the clear linkage between estrogen reduction and hearing loss is yet to be ascertained, it doesn’t change how it impacts the latter.
Therefore, as you’re dealing with menopause in your fifties, do not forget to get your ears checked out as well. Moreover, untreated hearing loss has been proven to lead to a decline in cognitive health as women advance in age. It explains why Alzheimer’s and dementia are common conditions among women in their advanced years.
If you research women aged fifty and above, a common health issue likely to crop up is excessive weight gain. Once again, this is due to estrogen reduction. Indeed, weight gain in this age group is typical, but it does not justify leaving it to chance. You should take the necessary steps to ensure your gradual weight gain does not cross healthy limits. Excessive weight gain usually comes along with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, insulin resistance, among several other medical conditions.
Other health conditions to be on the lookout for are breast cancer, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. In other words, never ignore your health at any point. You can live longer and healthier when you remain committed to adopting measures that keep you in excellent physical and mental health. Hopefully, you’ll find this article helpful as you navigate your fifties.