The Older Woman: What To Expect As You Age

The Older Woman: What To Expect As You Age

It’s an inevitable fact of life that we are going to grow old and whilst we can’t avoid it there are definitely ways we can stay feeling fit and young.  For women who are heading towards 40 there are some common issues which could leave us feeling tired, fed up and make springing into action a little harder.  A lot of us put it down to age or exhaustion, especially if we have had children but there could be another contributing factor to your lack of energy.

Women are built differently to men and one of the major differences is found in the structure of our bodies.  Our bones.  The female skeleton is made from much smaller, thinner bones, the estrogen we have in our bodies helps to protect our bones however, as we hit menopause there is a sharp decrease in the production of this hormone.  This can result in bone loss which makes Osteoporosis more common in older women.

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens the bones meaning that breaking is common.  Dr Des Spence, a Scottish GP, points out that the condition is defined by measuring bone mineral density against that of a young, healthy adult at peak bone mass.  We used to think it was an inevitable part of aging however we now know more about how to prevent, detect and treat the disease.

The Older Woman: What To Expect As You Age

Another common condition women become more likely to develop in their 40’s and 50’s is Hypothyroidism.  A decreased metabolic state due to a lack of function in the thyroid hormone.  There are many different causes that give many different outcomes however Jess Doncses of Optimize To Thrive says the most common is due to primary hypothyroidism.  Where the gland works slower than it should or, stops working all together.  

There are loads of symptoms you should be aware of such as puffiness in your face, a general feeling of fatigue, the need for an afternoon nap, dry eyes, tingling in your fingers and hands.  You can find a list of symptoms here.  There are ways of treating Hypothyroidism and it is quite simple to diagnose so if you have unexplained symptoms then it is worth bringing up with your doctor.

Menopause is the biggest change that we will face as we become older.  It can be quite hard to talk about openly but as it can change our hormonal balance and cause us to experience mood swings or feel incredibly uncomfortable, it is important to be able to discuss it with your family.  Hot sweats can become unbearable and you may find yourself breaking out in a sweat at the most awful times.  Symptoms should disappear around 12 months after your last period.  However there are some women in their seventies who still suffer from hot flushes.  If you are concerned about any of your symptoms then do speak to a GP and get some advice on how to deal with it.

Being aware and taking care of your health is vital and can help make the transition into older years a little easier.



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