Written by Charlene Hartung

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29 Apr, 2024

I turned 41 on the 30th of April. Just 2 years ago I was in my 30’s. Although I have been menopausal since I was 37, with many changes occurring even before I turned 40, there are indeed many things that have continued to change since.

Several common health concerns become more prevalent after the age of 40. Even your skin changes, and losing weight becomes more difficult. Your knees are not the same anymore. 

Some of these include:

1. Heart health: The risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol increases with age. It’s important to monitor and manage these risk factors through regular exercise, a healthy diet, and regular check-ups with a healthcare provider.

2. Metabolic health: As metabolism tends to slow down with age, maintaining a healthy weight and managing conditions such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome becomes more important.

3. Bone health: Osteoporosis and bone density loss are more common in older adults, especially in postmenopausal women. Adequate calcium, vitamin D, and weight-bearing exercise are essential for maintaining bone health.

4. Joint health: Conditions such as arthritis and joint pain become more prevalent with age, and it is imperative to maintain joint flexibility and strength through exercise and proper nutrition.

5. Mental health: Issues such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline can become more common as people age. Engaging in activities stimulating the mind, staying socially connected, and seeking support when needed are important for mental well-being. 

6. Vision and hearing: Changes in vision and hearing are common as people age, and regular eye exams and hearing tests are important for early detection and management of any issues.

7. Cancer risk: The risk of certain cancers, such as breast, prostate, and colon cancer, increases with age. Regular screenings and a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk.

8. Menopause becomes a reality if it has not already. Please pay close attention to your monthly cycle and any changes in it. 

Individuals over 40 must be proactive about their health, including regular check-ups, screenings, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help prevent and manage these common health concerns. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice and recommendations.

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