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Healthy Living Expo September 20-21, 2018

Great Health at Every Age

, by St. Luke's

There are many things women can do at any age to protect their health:

  • Exercise and eat nutritious food.
  • Manage stress and get enough sleep.
  • Don’t use tobacco.
  • Spend quality time with friends and family.
  • Get an annual flu shot.
  • Take probiotics, vitamin D, and a good multivitamin.
  • Do activities you enjoy.
  • Laugh!

But there are also specific things you can do through each decade. Starting with your 20’s, continue these practices and add new ones as the years pass—and you’ll have a great chance for a long, healthy life.

In your 20’s:

  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle now that will stick with you later in life.
  • Do your monthly breast self-exam.
  • Practice safe sex.
  • Start regular Pap tests at age 21.
  • Drink alcohol responsibly.
  • Avoid drug use/abuse.
  • Talk to your parents about their health history.

In your 30’s:

  • Don’t sacrifice your health for the needs of your family.
  • Find a primary care provider you trust.

In your 40’s:

  • Start yearly mammograms.

In your 50’s:

  • Increase your daily intake of calcium to counteract bone loss during and after menopause.
  • Get your first colonoscopy. 

In your 60’s:

  • Get bone density testing and other essential tests like yearly eye exams and cholesterol screening to ensure continuing good health.
  • Yearly pelvic exams are still important—even without a Pap smear—to ensure good gynecological health.

 

Tasha Parker, MSN, CNM

Tamara Rolan, MSN, CNM

St. Luke’s Certified Nurse-Midwives

Tags: life balance,health,wellness,health screenings