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What Medical Screenings Should a Woman Get Every Year

 

 

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Couples might stay together in sickness and in health, but sickness and health can differ between men and women. While women may live a few years longer than men, they often live with uncomfortable or serious conditions.

The words ‘medical screenings’ might automatically trigger thoughts about being too young to be considering “unwarranted” medical tests. However, there are some things you are never too young to do, such as taking care of your health. Building on the assumption that you are currently in good health, you would naturally want to remain like that; medical screenings are one of the means to help you.

A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes during each stage of her life, many of which can be dramatic. Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, for instance, send hormones flying all over the place. Even the effects of aging can differ between men and women. While aging affects everyone’s bone density and strength, women are more susceptible to osteoporosis. Worldwide, 1

in 3 women over 50 is at risk of this condition, while 1 in 5 men are at risk. People who have osteoporosis can have fractures at the hip, spine, and wrist.

In order to catch diseases and conditions in time, yearly medical screenings are recommended. This read will help you know which screenings you need to do and when to do them.

Cholesterol screening

Elderly with high cholesterol may have actually started to build up cholesterol from a very young age without knowing. The body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but even too much of a good thing can be harmful.

High cholesterol levels can cause heart disease as fatty deposits begin to form in blood vessels. As these deposits begin to grow, it puts more pressure on the heart to function properly and pump the blood to reach your arteries easily.

Diets low in saturated fats and high in soluble fibers are recommended to stop cholesterol buildup. Ideally, your first cholesterol screening should be done starting in your 20s every 4 to 6 years. Your doctor might recommend for you to have a yearly screening starting at the age of 35.

Mammograms

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting American women. Last year alone, 276,480 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 42,170 died from it. The chances of dying from it are 1 in 38.

Like with most other cancers, symptoms don’t show early enough. That is why a mammogram screening is essential to catch the disease in time to receive proper treatment. Because of early screenings and more awareness, 3.5 million women in the US are breast cancer survivors.

Screenings typically start at the age of 40. However, if cancer runs in your family or if there are other risk factors, screening should start much earlier. Early detection is key in curing and controlling cancer.

Vascular screening

Vascular screening checks that your arteries and blood vessels are in tip-top condition. Like with many other conditions, there might not be any symptoms, which is why Myvivaa recommends regular screenings to determine weak spots in your vessels. For women, weak spots often cause varicose veins; the swelling and twisting of veins that usually show up on the legs. These veins can be painful as well as just downright unappealing. While they can be genetic, they may also appear during pregnancy in women who do not have varicose veins running in their families.

The good news is that there are many types of treatments you can undergo. Screening could start at a young age, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are a smoker. Vascular screening is needed, most definitely, when you reach your 60s.

Bone density screening

Bone density lessens as we age and lead to osteoporosis, which is a weakening in the bones. Bone mass keeps growing throughout your 20s but begins to lessen once you hit 30. By the time you reach menopause and after, you can experience rapid bone loss.

Bone loss means your bones are more susceptible to fractures and breaks. Screening is the only way to know if you have osteoporosis, and will estimate your chances of breaking a bone before you actually do. A bone density test will also show if the density is at a safe level or worsening.

If you are post-menopausal or past 50, it’s time to start those screenings.

Different screenings and when to start them will differ from one person to the other. None of these screenings are painful, and are often the only way to detect certain conditions and illnesses. Thanks to medical advancements, so many conditions can be prevented and treated.