Aging begins at birth. Even so, the way we age changes with each successive decade of life. What health goals should you have when you are in your forties? The following tips can help you adopt habits that will maximize your health now while preparing you for a better future.
The average age when menstruation ends is 51, but many women begin to experience the first signs of menopause in their 40s. These may include:
Learn all you can so you can make informed decisions about managing changes you may find bothersome.
High cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease, stroke, and coronary artery disease. These risks increase for men over age 45 and women over age 55. The best ways to prevent high cholesterol are to:
Group Health generally recommends a total cholesterol test every five years for men between the ages of 35 and 79, and for women between the ages of 45 and 79—although this may vary based on individual risk factors.
Talk to your doctor about establishing a schedule for regular mammograms. Most women can start getting mammograms at age 50, but some may begin earlier depending on individual risk for breast cancer.
Advice based on your current decade of life.