As We Age
As we women enter that decade of life when we finally feel like full-fledged adults, when wisdom begins to hit us from every direction, when we finally have a strong sense of self and are well on our way to accomplishing our life goals, there are certain health issues that may arise that should not be ignored. As we juggle careers, new families, and other adult responsibilities, it is easy to lose focus on our own overall health. But without our own health, how can you possibly meet all of the other adult obligations and live a happy and fulfilled existence? In your 30’s is the time that you should really begin focusing on your overall health which includes paying attention to your diet, how and when you exercise, and your skin care regimen. Now is the time to really focus on a healthy lifestyle and regain your skin from sagging to keep a vibrant and youthful look and live a longer and happier life.
Health Issues in Your 30’s
There are certain health issues that begin to manifest in our 30’s that you should definitely not ignore. Yearly well-woman visits become of the utmost importance in preventative health care in order to catch any signs or symptoms of life-threatening diseases such as cancer that can strike any one of us. Making sure that all of your medical tests and vaccinations are current is also very important. But most important of all is learning how to listen to your own body and consulting your physician if anything seems out of the ordinary.
5 Health Symptoms That You Should Question in Your 30’s
1. Unexpected and unwanted weight gain that seems impossible to shed.
As we enter our 30’s, the unfortunate reality is that our metabolism begins to slow down, making weight maintenance and weight loss that much more difficult. In order to stimulate your slowing metabolic rate, it is important to maintain a regular exercise program of aerobic activities as well as eat a healthy diet rich with fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats. If you are doing all of these things and still have trouble maintaining a healthy weight or shedding unwanted pounds, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue such as an underactive thyroid, a food intolerance, or a hormone imbalance. Do not simply assume that your weight gain is merely age-related. If it feels unnatural, consult your physician for further testing.
2. Newly formed or changing moles or dark spots on your skin.
Melanoma is one of the most common cancers that occur in women age 30 or younger. It is due to spending long hours basking in the sun in our younger years. And around the age of 30 is when it begins to catch up with us and will manifest in the appearance of new moles or skin spots. If left untreated, melanoma can be life-threatening, so it is essential to not ignore any of the following symptoms and consult your doctor right away if you notice any of these.
- The appearance of any new mole or a change in color or shape of an existing mole.
- New freckles, age spots, or patches of thick skin that resemble a scar.
- The appearance of dark streaks under your fingernails or toenails.
- Darker bands of skin begin appearing around your nails.
3. Problems getting pregnant.
Around the age of 30 is when female fertility begins to decline as a result of less frequent ovulation, decreased amount of eggs, and less cervical fluid. However, with women having children much later in life now, not all fertility issues are age-related. If you are having trouble conceiving, it could be the result of an underlying problem such as a hormone imbalance, thyroid problems, or tumors or cysts in your reproductive organs.
4. Unexplained or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
While stress can cause all sorts of irregularities with your menstrual cycle, your body will very quickly readjust and return to normal. As we approach our 40’s and perimenopause sets in, our cycles can become equally erratic. But if you start noticing abnormal and erratic cycles in your 30’s, it could be the result of a medical issue that needs to be addressed. Erratic periods and abnormal bleeding could be indicative of polyps or tumors as well as infections or cancers. Do not ignore these signs and symptoms in your body.
5. Increased hair loss.
While it is normal for women to lose approximately 50-100 strands of hair daily, more severe hair loss is an indicator that there may be an underlying medical problem. Your body could be iron deficient or low in Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you begin noticing an unexplained and pronounced hair loss over an extended period of time, be sure to consult your doctor.
Also, we age and enter our 30’s, our bodies slow down the production of collagen which is essential for healthy skin. While many of the above symptoms may be related to underlying health issues, a lot of these issues can be prevented by maintaining a proper diet rich in necessary vitamins and minerals which will provide our bodies with the nutrients necessary to prevent many age-related medical conditions as well as help you to regain your skin from sagging caused by age and gravity. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms including severely dehydrated and sagging skin, it is important to consult your physician for routine blood work and testing to rule out any underlying health concerns.