Prevent Various Chronic Diseases, These are 5 Health Tests for Women in their 40s – As you age, your body will go through many changes. That’s because hormones and stress levels have a serious impact on the body’s internal systems, especially the physical appearance that is visible to everyone.

For women, they will experience many changes due to the onset of the perimenopause phase which makes them vulnerable to diseases, such as heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis.

Therefore, regular health checks can reduce the risk of severe infections and detect disease early. That way, some diseases that are prone to attack women aged 40 years can be prevented from developing into serious life-threatening diseases.

The following is quoted from Times of India, some health checks that women should do before the age of 40 years.

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1. Blood pressure

High blood pressure is a condition that middle-aged women are prone to. This condition can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke if left untreated. You can maintain your diet and lifestyle by exercising to reduce it.

2. Breast cancer

Regular breast exams are recommended for women of all age groups. Because, breast cancer and cervical cancer are two types of cancer that commonly attack women of all ages.

So, breast self-examination at home once a week can help detect breast cancer early and prevent it from developing seriously.

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Meanwhile, you can have a pap smear test once a year to detect cervical cancer and a mammogram to provide protection against these two types of cancer.

3. Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone density and strength with age. Bones become weaker and weaker, increasing the risk of injury or fracture. Osteoporosis is more common in women than men. A DEXA scan can help identify your bone density.

4. Blood sugar levels

People who do not maintain their diet when the age of 20 to 30 years will be more at risk of developing diabetes at the age of 40 years. For decades, eating the wrong foods and gaining weight can put stress on the pancreas.

This condition can increase blood sugar levels. However, doing multiple blood sugar tests can help detect diabetes early and prevent diabetes.

5. Cholesterol

Blood tests to detect cholesterol levels in the body can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Because, high cholesterol levels can increase the risk of developing heart-related diseases.

If you have high cholesterol, changing your diet and taking some medications can help lower it. After the age of 30, everyone should check their cholesterol levels every 5 years.

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