The middle years
Do you remember when you felt immortal?
Maybe you still do feel that way. However, in midlife, certain health problems become more common than when we were younger. These include diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and constipation. Healthy eating can help prevent or delay these conditions. Healthy eating means getting the right balance of nutrients, as well as balancing calories taken in with those burnt up by activity.
Quality is more important than quantity. That’s one important message to remember when it comes to eating in your middle years.Learn more
As we age, bones become less dense. This is particularly the case after menopause, when oestrogen levels fall, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. One in three women over 60 will have a bone fracture at some stage due to osteoporosis.Learn more
Most women will go through menopause sometime between the ages of 45 and 55.Learn more
You may be surprised to learn that heart disease is the biggest killer of women. The drop in oestrogen that occurs at menopause increases the risk of heart disease, so now is the time to get your blood fats and blood pressure checked.Learn more
Blood pressure tends to increase as we age and is a risk factor for strokes and heart disease. Watching your weight, limiting alcohol intake, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise daily and limiting dietary salt will help keep blood pressure in check.Learn more
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which there is too much glucose in the blood. It is becoming more and more common in Australia and can prove fatal. Genetic tendency, ageing, overweight, poor diet and inactivity are all risk factors.Learn more
Many women experience weight gain and shape changes in midlife. These changes can affect body image and self-esteem. Often more fat is deposited in the abdomen and trunk, causing ‘middle-aged spread’ or ‘spare tyres’.Learn more
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