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Top 5 Health mistakes Women make as they get Older

By Shannon Pierce

By the time you are 50 years old, you should know your body better than ever.  You may have tried various diets and found one that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle with. You know how your body responds to various exercises and fitness regimens.  You know what causes your aches and pains and you know how to treat them.  You may be going to the doctor for your yearly check-up. What could you be doing wrong?  Well, there are five common mistakes that women often make at midlife.  

 

1.     You think gaining weight is unavoidable.  Unfortunately, you are more likely to gain weight as you age, but it is not inevitable. You just have to work harder at it. Through menopause, you lose muscle and your hormones change, causing you to have to eat even smarter in your 50s.  The American Journal of Health Promotion reported that women who did not change their eating habits as they got older were at an increased risk of 138 percent more likely to gain 6.6 pounds or more midlife. Exercise in moderation is key.

2.     You lose your mojo.  Psychiatrists report that as retirement or other major life changes are on the horizon, people may experience a loss of a sense of purpose in life or may have a negative outlook. Individuals must find a sense of meaning in their day to day life, whether it’s volunteering, learning something new, or changing jobs.

3.     You think you can no longer have sex.  Sure, there may be some complications, but there are great over-the-counter problems for issues like painful sex or vaginal dryness. Women’s sexual relationships can even improve at middle-age because the risk of pregnancy is out of the picture, financial woes may have subsided, and other stresses may have decreased, leaving more time and focus on the bedroom. Sex is crucial for better psychological well-being.

4.     You think menopause has to suck.  Women often think they have to suffer through the terrible symptoms of menopause, such as urinary issues, hot flashes, or sleeping issues.  Hormonal therapy is often a remedy, but for those who may not want to take hormones, there is other help out there like cognitive behavioral therapy or medications.

5.     You ignore your doctor’s recommendations for additional screenings.  Colorectal cancer screenings, bone density screenings, and mammograms become increasingly important in your 40s, 50s, and 60s.


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