You’ve hit the milestone of 50, but you don't have to feel like you're over the hill. For many women, being 50+ is a fabulous and special time. You’ve experienced a lot in your life and achieved many of your goals. Your children are grown – or at least getting there – and now you have more time for you!
Your health needs are especially important at this stage in life. It's a time when you'll hear a lot about estrogen, a hormone that has been gradually declining as menopause gets closer.
The average age of menopause for U.S. women is 51, with most reaching this milestone somewhere between ages 45 and 55. If you haven't had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, you're now "menopausal," a term that signals the end of your reproductive years. While some women experience hot flashes and thinner, dryer skin, others may not notice any symptoms at all. If you're experiencing bothersome symptoms, an appointment with the physicians at UPMC Pinnacle can help you determine the best treatment options.
It's no secret that as you age, you experience changes in your body shape and energy level. Not only has your metabolism slowed, but your body's lean muscle mass is also gradually turning to fat. Maintaining a healthy weight is more important than ever, because a waist measurement of greater than 35 inches significantly increases your risk for developing diabetes and heart disease.
Getting regular checkups and health screenings will help you maintain the best possible health. In addition to routine dental and eye examinations, make yearly appointments for:
UPMC Pinnacle services that can help you stay healthy through your 50s:
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