Life is about as fickle as anything can get, and the most double-crossing of them all is this whole getting old thing. On the one hand, ageing is awesome because of the experience it allows us to draw from, giving us this gorgeous perspective on what is important and what is wholly trivial. However, it also supplies us with a whole host of health problems that we need to be aware of and mindful about.
Basically, Ageing gives with one hand and takes with the other.
Now it isn’t exactly the most idyllic subject to entertain your spare time with, but knowing which health concerns you are most at risk from is pretty imperative to leading a healthy life, especially in your later years. That is why we have pulled together a list of essential health checks we believe every woman over the age of 49 and a half should get. It really is in your best interest:
Let’s cut to the chase here: over three million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. That’s a figure that is rising. It is also a figure that’s refined to the USA alone. The point that holds the most weight, however, is the fact most of these cases are in women aged above 40. That is why you need to get regular mammograms and make sure that any possibility of cancer is detected early and treated immediately.
Until you turn 65 (and start enjoying that retirement you’ve been dreaming of since you turned 30), you should be getting a pap smear every few years. If you don’t know what a pap smear test is then a) you definitely need to get one and b) understand that it detects cervical cancer. The reason we say “until you turn 65” is because studies show the risks are drastically reduced, so long as you have had three negative tests in the decade before.
Ears And Eyes
You go to the dentist on the regular to make sure all things mouth-related are just tickety-boo, so why are you neglecting your other senses, especially your eyes and ears? Sure, the conversation may have dried up a little in your middle age, but it would still be nice to hear well, even if that means popping in a couple of hearing aids each morning. As for your eyes, we’re sure you’re bored of holding your iPad at arm’s length just to read the text. So get tested, hear what the experts have to say and do it. Life is more important than just looking young.
This is the big issue of our age and something that is getting the attention and empathy it deserves. Being sad occasionally or feeling low every now and then is totally normal. It is part of life’s rollercoaster. However, if you’ve found a cavity below rock bottom, feel hopeless or lose interest in doing things for more than a fortnight then you take it seriously and consider talking to your doctor. It is no easy diagnosis, but that is just more reason to be honest with yourself and those you are talking to.