Stages of Life
During adolescence, your body begins to change with puberty and your menstrual cycle begins. You begin to notice some emotional changes, which are part of forming your identity. As your body changes, so do your nutritional needs. Because your body mass will almost double during this time period, you will need more calories and nutrients than any other time in your life. Understand your healthy guidelines. Some girls take dieting too far and run the risk of developing eating disorders. Others struggle with other emotional and physical health problems during this stage, including drug addiction, abuse and the consequences of unprotected sex, like STDs or early pregnancy. Remember, once you become sexually active you need to see any ob-gyn regularly. During this time, speak with your ob/gyn about breast health too.
Your body is producing the hormones estrogen, progesterone and androgen at peak levels, which add both fat and muscle. Make sure you exercise with activities that are fun and motivating. During this time, you likely have strong bones and good flexibility. Your skin is young and healthy, with plenty of collagen and elastin.
Without a good diet and exercise, you might be at risk for diabetes and other chronic conditions. And, you may face other health challenges like infectious disease, sexually transmitted diseases and issues of birth control, pregnancy and infertility.
Make sure you get enough sleep so you don’t negatively affect your health, interfere with your memory and have a lack of concentration.
Remember to schedule regular checkups and health screenings to develop and maintain the best health possible.
The 30s are often the busiest times of our life. With multiple roles, such as mom, breadwinner, and PTA president just to name a few, you are being pulled in many directions that can leave you susceptible to chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. Find time to focus on yourself and make sure your lifestyle benefits both your physical and mental health.
Develop a consistent exercise regimen. It will become easier to put on weight and with that weight will come a significant risk of health problems. In your 30s you will lose bone calcium, have less elastic and regenerative skin and possibly a shift in hormones that will cause problems in your menstrual cycle. These changes bring the risk of uterine fibroids.
Pregnancy past the age of 35 can increase the risk of birth defects and miscarriage. Speak with your OB/GYN regarding the appropriate screenings to manage your physical and reproductive health.
The 40s bring added stress as the family matures. Good health choices are essential to keep you feeling and looking great.
Re-examine your fitness routine to counteract the effect of bone loss. Discuss your fitness regime with your physician. Many will suggest 30 minutes of exercise each day.
Menopause symptoms may begin in the late 30s to early 40s and last for a few months to five years or more. Discuss your menopause symptoms with your physician.
While breast cancer at this age may be rare, it is important to catch it early and begin treatment. Mammograms should start at this age. Discuss the frequency needed for pap smears and pelvic exams with your provider. Check your skin for unusual, changing or new moles.
The average age of menopause for US women is 51, and most women experience it between the ages of 45 and 55. Menopause will bring the end of your menstrual cycle and your reproductive years, but also major changes for your body. You may notice changes in your body shape and energy level. It is important to keep your weight under control because being overweight significantly increases your risk for developing diabetes and heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Speak with your provider about treatment options for some of your menopause symptoms.