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Women Health Over 40: Health And Fitness Insights For Females

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 11, Mar 2024, 17:28 pm IST | UPDATED: 11, Mar 2024, 17:28 pm IST

Women Health Over 40: Health And Fitness Insights For Females

As women reach the milestone of 40, they embark on a new chapter in their lives, one that demands a keen understanding of the unique health and fitness challenges they may encounter. This pivotal age brings about significant changes, both physically and hormonally, which can have profound effects on mental well-being.

Dr Ranjana Becon, Senior Consultant Gynaecologist, Manipal Hospital, Ghaziabad shares how understanding the bodily changes during the 40 owing to any hormonal changes makes the process much easier.

According to Dr Ranjana, "The first crucial aspect for women at this age is to recognize and prepare for the changes that lie ahead. While menopause typically occurs between the ages of 47 to 49, the transition period begins much earlier, around the age of 40. Some women may even experience early menopause in their early 40s, marking the onset of hormonal shifts and physical transformations."

"Understanding these hormonal changes is essential, as hormones act as conductors orchestrating the body's functions. Consulting with a gynecologist can help women navigate these changes by identifying symptoms such as mood swings, hot flashes, changes in libido, night sweats, irritability, and emotional sensitivity", Dr Ranjana futher adds.
Dr Ranjana highlights, "Regular visits to a gynecologist become crucial during this period. These routine check-ups provide an opportunity to discuss reproductive health and address any emerging issues. Preventive measures are key, especially concerning bone health. As women approach menopause, the decrease in hormone levels can lead to bone density loss. It's imperative to maintain strong bones through a balanced diet, exercise, and, if necessary, supplements. Weight-bearing exercises, like walking or strength training, are particularly beneficial for bone density and overall fitness.

Creating personalized health and fitness goals, taking into account the individual's needs and concerns. Heart health also becomes a focal point as women enter their 40s. Estrogen plays a vital role in maintaining heart health, and its decline post-40 underscores the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Dr Ranjana recommends, "The interconnected nature of hormonal changes, overall health, and heart health underscores the need for a balanced lifestyle. Adopting a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and effective stress management are key components in maintaining a strong and resilient heart."

Women should prioritize their health and well-being in their 40s, collaborating with healthcare professionals to ensure that this stage of life is not defined by fear but rather vitality and wellness.