Stay Healthy In Your 50s
Consider hormone replacement therapy; if you decide
it's not for you, explore all other avenues of symptom control and heart and
Exercise regularly (30 minutes of moderate activity
almost every day). If you're not already doing some form of resistance training
with weights, add this to your routine.
Make sure you get the checkups and screening tests
recommended for your age group, including mammography and sigmoidoscopy or
Take a multivitamin and consume 1,500 milligrams of
calcium from foods or supplements daily.
Don't assume that vaginal dryness and diminished
libido are inevitable in this decade. Take steps to address these problems.
Maintain a healthy weight with a diet low in fat
(especially saturated and trans fats) and high in fruits, vegetables and fiber.
Limit alcohol intake to one drink a day or less.
Explore your family's medical history to look for
clues to your genetic risks. Take any additional screening or prevention steps
Allow yourself leisure time -- you deserve it -- and
cultivate interests outside of home and work.