When we commonly talk about women’s health problems and concerns, there are some major diseases that raise a red flag. In this blog post, we would like to talk about some of the dire concerns women over the age of 50 may face.
- Cancer: The most common types of cancers women are most prone to are; cervical, lung and breast cancer. Every year approximately 270,000 women die in the United States alone and it is the cause of death of 25% of all deaths globally. If not diagnosed in its early stages, chances of survival are close to zero. This is why it is so important to get regular checkups. Preventative measures are your first line of defense.
- Heart Disease: While many believe breast cancer to be the number one cause of deaths in women, medical science proves otherwise. Every year, an estimated 27% of women all around the world lose their lives to heart disease. However, heart disease can be prevented or managed. Regular checkups allow your doctor to find signs early.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: COPD is a chronic condition that directly affects the lungs and airways, killing an approximate 5% (64,000) of females annually worldwide. The root cause of COPD is smoking which ultimately causes shortness of breath, lung cancer and limits the ability of the body to stay active.
Other chronic conditions that affect women, making it a health concern are osteoporosis, diabetes, flu, unintentional injuries and kidney disease.
How to Stay Healthy After 50
Undoubtedly, some diseases are inevitable; however, there are some lifestyle choices that can help reduce their effects or delay their severity over time. If you have decided to make the transition to a healthier you, we would like to contribute with our expertise. Below are some tips to ensure that you stay fit and healthy naturally without chunking on too many medications. Follow these tips and you will soon begin to feel more active and stress-free over time.
- Exercise regularly: While maintaining a diet low in fat, sodium, and sugar content is essential to decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack, physical exercise is also crucial for staying healthy. Medical experts suggest a 30-minute walk daily or a 20-minute cardio session to keep your body flexible and fit as you age.
- Quit Smoking: What most women don’t know is that smoking is the root cause to increase the chances of life-threatening conditions like cancer, stroke or heart disease. Research has also found correlations of smoking to Alzheimer’s disease in women after the age of 50. If you wish to feel young and healthy after the age of 50, medical experts strongly advise against smoking.
- Cut back on alcohol: Many medical experts propose that moderate drinking (a glass of wine a day) is considered healthy for your organs however; having more than one glass is not recommended.
- Limit sun exposure: As good as it may feel to get a nice tan, your skin too starts to age when you do. Excessive sun exposure may be the cause of skin cancer. UV rays are harmful which is why you must always wear sunscreen or protective clothing whenever you are out in the sunlight for longer hours during the day.
- Lose weight: If you are overweight, your body may be the breeding ground of diseases like cancer, strokes, kidney failure and diabetes. You must reduce your weight in order to lead a healthier and balanced life.
- Keep chronic diseases under control: Diseases like hypertension and diabetes must be kept in check as they directly affect your overall health. Studies show that women who keep their blood sugar levels maintained tend to appear healthier and active than the ones with irregular sugar levels.
If you have any questions, call your Primary Care Provider or stop in any one of our hospital owned practices (our medical group), and pick up a new patient application.