Last updated: August 2, 2019
Richard Honaker M.D.
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Turning 30 is certainly a milestone for women. It is the hallmark of adulthood in many ways. You’re career is established and you may have a wonderful relationship with wedding bells and babies in the immediate future.
Thirty-something women have moved beyond the sororities and all-nighters associated with the roaring 20s. However, your 30s are more important than you think.
If you begin to ignore your health now, you may be in for trouble. Vitamins, skin care, and fitness are just a few essentials you can’t afford to ignore in your 30s.
“Women in their 30s are often focused on preventing aging, staying healthy during pregnancy and keeping their energy levels high,” says Kristen Hamlin of LIVESTRONG.
Are you thirty-something, healthy, and fit? The following are four health mistakes you need to consider to be vibrant in your 40s.
1. Thirty-Something Women Ignore Muscle Mass
Cardiovascular health is certainly amazing. It may even reduce breast cancer risk in women, according to the American Cancer Society.
However, strength training and focusing on your muscle mass has benefits too. You will begin losing muscle mass in your 30s, approximately five percent per decade after your 30th birthday.
Building up your muscle mass now may have positive benefits in decades to come. Light weight training guided by a fitness coach at your gym could prove powerful.
2. Your Fertility May be in Decline
Thirty-something women may be ready to settle down and start a family. But as the daily grind continues to spill over into those late evening hours, your career may take precedent.
Research has found that at the age of 35, your fertility may begin to decline, says Connie Matthiessen of BabyCenter. And the risk for pregnancy complication rises with age as well.
You certainly don’t need to get pregnant at the age of 34, but it is something to consider. Women in their early 30s have a 75 percent pregnancy rate. This, however, drops to 65 percent in your late 30s.
3. Thirty-Something Women Think They Still Have Teenage Skin
If you are using harsh face wash and skipping the sunscreen, you may still have a teenage mindset when it comes to your skin.
Women need to pay extra attention to their skin in their 30s if they want to keep the healthy radiance that keeps them looking young for decades to come.
Adult acne is a big women’s health issue once you surpass the age of 30. Adult acne can be triggered by a variety of things like your diet, hormones, and stress.
“Clinical studies indicate that between 40 and 55 percent of the adult population age 20-40 are diagnosed with low grade, persistent acne and oily skin,” says Dr. Diana Howard of The International Dermal Institute.
Avoiding chemically potent acne solutions is a great way to keep your face looking younger for longer. Retinoid creams are an excellent alternative. These creams will battle adult acne and fight wrinkles at the same time.
Sunscreen is another essential thirty-something women need to pack for the pool or beach. Sun exposure for long periods can cause wrinkles and potentially skin cancer.
You may think skin cancer is for older folks, but skin cancer rates are on the rise for younger women, according to The New York Times.
4. Are You Skipping Doctor Visits in Your 30s?
If you are like most women, you are busy beyond belief. Career, relationships, kids, social engagements, and family time can have your yearly calendar bursting at the seams.
However, you and your health need a checkup from time to time to ensure you can keep that busy schedule. You want to get your cholesterol and blood pressure checked.
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Women in their 30s need to get a PAP test and HPV test together every five years as well. And while you are getting a checkup, ask your doctor about healthy diet, fitness goals, and any other questions you may have.
These four health mistakes thirty-something women are only a few among many. If you want to enjoy the things you do in your 30s well into your 40s and 50s, take action. Be the powerful, healthy woman you know you are this 2017.
Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp
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