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In Your 40s: Women's Health at UPMC in Central Pa.

You often hear people say that the 40s are the new 30s. That may be somewhat true as you are settling into your life and career. But along with the rite of passage of turning 40 comes the stress of keeping up with your busy family and possibly caring for aging parents. With all that pressure, you need to be on the lookout for the side effects of stress, which can include insomnia, depression, high blood pressure and even heart disease.

Make Your Health and Fitness a Priority

It is important that you take care of yourself by getting enough rest and making exercise and healthy eating a priority. As your body is preparing for the onset of menopause, good health choices now will keep you looking and feeling great as well as ward off any chronic illnesses and diseases.

Your 40s are a great time to change up your fitness routine to include muscle and strength-building exercises that will counteract the effects of bone loss. Just 30 minutes a day will not only help keep cholesterol in check it will control your weight, strengthen bones and reduce your risk of cancer. Exercise also helps with depression and eases those unpleasant and unwanted symptoms of menopause.

Are you ready for "The Change"?

Symptoms of menopause can occur as early as the late 30s or early 40s and can last up to a few months or even five years or more. During menopause you may experience:

  • Escalating bone loss that increases your need for calcium
  • Sleepless nights (try to avoid caffeine and exercise late in the day)
  • Night sweats
  • Heart palpitation

UPMC Pinnacle suggests keeping up with regular health tests because they are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Mammograms should become a yearly routine, as should Pap smears and pelvic exams as long as you are sexually active. Ask your physician to do blood sugar testing for diabetes and to check your skin for changes in moles or any other areas of concern.

UPMC services in Central Pa. that can help you stay healthy through your 40s:

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