Maturity – 50+ Health
Your 50s are the decade of the hormone—specifically, estrogen. Your estrogen level has been declining gradually as menopause gets closer. Heart disease is also one of the primary challenges you could face.
The average age of menopause for US women is 51, with most women reaching this milestone somewhere between ages 45 and 55. And while menopause signals the end of the menstrual cycle and your reproductive years, less estrogen also means major changes for your body in other ways too.
Hot flashes, one of the most common menopausal symptoms, may be making you uncomfortable, and you may notice that your skin is thinner and dryer now.
As you age, you can't help but notice the changes in your body shape and energy level. Your metabolism has been slowing with each passing decade, and your body's lean muscle mass is also gradually turning to fat.
Focus on a Healthy Weight, Strong Bones, & Building Muscles
It’s important to manage your weight. Large weight gain can significantly increase your risk for developing diabetes and heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States.
Your fitness goals should also focus on strength training to support strong bones, and building muscle to boost your slowing metabolism.
Know Your Options
Wisdom is knowing how to accept the things you cannot change, but doing something about the things you can! It’s never too late to choose a walk with a friend over a car drive or TV show, an activity in the community rather then staying home, reconnecting with close friends rather than withdrawing.
Continue Your Health Screenings
By now you should know your health caregivers well. Work with them to customize healthy options that work for you. If, however, you aren’t finding what you need, don’t be afraid to change.
Find healthy activities and choices that work for you so that you can enjoy your hard won maturity and wisdom.
Health Services for Women 50+
Phases of a Woman's Life
During adolescence, as you know, your body begins to change with puberty and your menstrual cycle begins.
20’s: Life in your 20s is about integrating different roles. Health issues tend to reflect career and marital decisions. Managing stress and setting long-term healthy habits is important.
Your 30s are possibly the busiest time of your life. But just as you are coming into your own and feeling stronger in your identity, your body begins to show some of the first subtle signs of aging.
40’s Now often considered the best years as you settle into your career and life, your 40s can also be stressful as you become sandwiched between raising a family and caring for aging parents.
Your 50s are the decade of the hormone—specifically, estrogen. Your estrogen level has been declining gradually as menopause gets closer.