As we age, our bodies are at a greater health risk for many chronic diseases.
Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and various cancers are a few concerns. You may have to make adaptations to your diet and lifestyle to reduce your risk for these chronic diseases.
What are the health risks at every age and what lifestyle choices can you make to stay healthy?
In your 20s, you should find a primary care doctor you really like and trust. Go to the OB/GYN for annual exams and take care of your body in case of pregnancy. Ask questions about your family history of heart disease.
In your 30s, be careful of weight gain, especially in pregnancy. Pay attention to the signs of thyroid disease. Find out if you have fibroids. Get your blood pressure checked so you can address early signs of heart disease. Take extra vitamin D.
In your 40s and 50s, you need to be especially alert to signs of heart disease. For women, this could be pain in the jaw or arm, shortness of breath, and/or indigestion. These symptoms mimic stress. Check breasts regularly for lumps. Stop smoking if you haven't already. Check your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. Know your family history with chronic disease.
Listen in as Dr. Jennifer Haythe discusses how to age with the best health possible.