Why Women Should Take Heed of Their Own Health in Their 30s

As we progress in life, the older and busier we get, the lesser self-TLC (tender loving care) we’ll give to ourselves. Although it’s never too late for any woman to give healthy living a head start, women in their 30s could benefit more and have better opportunities to set up a new, meaningful healthy lifestyle. Gary Hoffman, division chief for women and children at Providence St. Vincent Medical Centre, had given advice to women regarding women’s health in general: women can’t afford not to start planning for future success since 30s is the crucial time for most of them. Consider it a turning point for a better womanhood.

What Hoffman said by start planning is by eating right (basically having a proper and balanced diet plan), getting physically active and eliminating any unhealthy habits that could lead to the decline of your health. Women in their prime need to prioritize and start fighting now in order to prevent elevated dangers and risks such as osteoporosis and breast cancer, which, although may not appear now, have a high percentage of possibility to become substantial. Sneaky health problems are also more likely to be faced by women in their 30s.

Forgetting yourself in place of others

Due to the fact that women tend to be a nurturer (caring for aging parents and taking care of their spouses and children) or even try to advance in their career, it’s no wonder that they forgot to take care of themselves. Simply put, sacrifice, anxiety and stress can get in the way of self-care. While it is tempting to be complacent about health in your 20s, bad habits will settle in and it’ll be much trickier to get rid off once you’re aging gracefully into your 30s. What you can do to not only feel but also stay healthy now is to focus on yourself and try to see your doctor on a yearly basis. Meanwhile, the increasing amount of women getting osteoporosis in their later stages of life is alarming.

Start by taking calcium for stronger bones

Start preventing for it now by getting the recommended daily dose for calcium of 1,000 mg (if you’re in your 50s), and for the younger ladies, stock up on supplements or foods like cheese, yoghurt, milk, broccoli or kale. Aside from that, make sure to spend some time to engage in weight-bearing exercise because your bone density is at its best in your 20s and 30s. According to Gillian Rosicky, Providence Medical Group family nurse practitioner, the best time to set your bone density is in your 30s.  As your peak is formed in your 30s, it’ll be harder to reset it later if you start with a low bone density in your 30s.

Family history is the key

On the other hand, when it comes to preventing the risks of cancer, you need to know your roots. One of many major risk factors is prevalence of cancer among your ancestors and relatives, mainly in the first degree. Women – especially those in their 30s – need to start finding out about their history with regard to breast cancer, heart disease and colon cancer, according to Kate Beadle, a Kaiser nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health. Perhaps we could all take a leaf from Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who recently unapologetically and publicly made an announcement to the entire world that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had the BRCA gene, which indicates higher cancer risk.

Genetic screening is in order between you and your doctor provided that your family history suggests an elevated risk for cancer (particularly breast cancer). Though only a small percent of people have the BRCA gene like Jolie, they need to know about its dramatic boost to cancer risk. However, yearly mammograms are not recommended for most women in their 30s, but get your doctor’s advice if you have a family history of breast cancer. That being said, it’s never too late to start taking good care of yourself from now on. It’ll definitely pay off much later when you’re no longer in your prime, with many undesirable health problems arising.

Reference:

1. http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2013/06/womens_health_as_women_age_str.html

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