40s—taking the world by storm
Moving into your 40s is a time of transition. You're balancing your life and career, keeping up with your busy family and possibly caring for aging parents. You are also more confident and ready to enjoy new opportunities.
You may be noticing changes in your overall metabolism, energy level, bone and muscle strength, and hormone levels. Focusing on healthy eating, exercise, stress management and preventative screenings could improve how you feel in the years to come. An active approach to wellness in this decade can make a difference in your 50s and 60s, and could decrease your risk for many diseases.
If you don’t have one already, it’s important to find a physician to partner with you on your path to health and wellness. Your doctor can assess your current health status, recommend screenings and treat any symptoms or conditions.
Staying healthy is a combination of caring for yourself and getting the right medical care decade by decade. Here is a guide to help you keep track of recommended routine screenings:
Health screenings in your 40s:
Annual blood pressure test
Annual eye exam with baseline disease screening
Annual flu vaccine
Annual wellness visit
Clinical breast exam every year
Mammogram every one to two years
Regular dental exams and cleaning
Thyroid checked at age 35 and every five years
Additional screenings depending on your health status:
Maintaining a healthy, balanced life is about making small, daily changes. Here are some health tips for your 40s:
Do not smoke
Drink alcohol in moderation
Form a relationship with a physician you like and trust and have regular exams
Get 1,000 mg of calcium with 600 IU of vitamin D per day
Get 30 minutes of exercise daily
Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night
Maintain a healthy body weight
Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies
Watch for signs of depression
Conditions and services in your
a women, you may develop different health issues throughout your life that need
medical attention. Below is a quick reference about medical conditions and
services in your in your 40s.