4 | April 25, 2019 | 22nd Century Media Lady


DuPage Medical Group

gives tips on health

screenings through the

ages for women

In today’s busy world,

it’s more important than

ever for women of all

ages to take control of

their health. Preventive

care starts with understanding

potential health

risks and ensuring any

recommended screenings

at each stage in life are

being met.

Being in their 20s can

be a fun time for women.

It’s when most women are

at or near their physical

peak. Building healthy

habits during this time

will help set a path for

better health long-term.

Although there may not

have be major health concerns

right now, it’s still

important to have regular

check-ups to establish a

health history. Monthly

self-breast exams, an annual

physical and vision

screenings are all exams

or screenings that women

should have in your

20s. Pelvic exams, pap

smears, blood sugar and

cholesterol testing are

also important to have

every 2-3 years.

Women in their 30s

may not feel or look much

different than they did in

their 20s; however, the

body is, in fact, changing.

The risk of developing

type 2 diabetes, cervical

cancer and breast cancer

is now higher, so it is even

more important to continue

preventive screenings.

Some women may notice

that their metabolism is

slowing down, and that’s

normal. Cleaning up eating

habits now can help

avoid health problems in

future years. Women may

also notice that seeking

balance in their lives is

becoming increasingly

difficult. Women should

remember to make time

for themselves. Even a

few minutes of yoga or

reading can help relieve


A woman’s 40s are

a major time of transition.

She may begin to

experience symptoms of

perimenopause – or the

transition to menopause –

such as hot flashes, vaginal

dryness and trouble

sleeping. Those women

experiencing any of these

symptoms should be sure

to talk with their primary

care physician or gynecologist.

They also may

notice that they’re beginning

to lose muscle mass,

but don’t worry. By adding

weight training to

their workouts, women

can help prevent muscle

loss and osteoporosis.

When they reach their

50s and beyond, women

need to devote even

more attention to their

health. During this phase

of their lives, the risk of

developing heart disease,

stroke and osteoporosis

continues to increase. In

addition to monthly and

annual exams, a primary

care provider may recommend

bone density or

blood sugar testing and/

or a colonoscopy. Women

can also try to seek fun,

low impact fitness activities,

such as tennis, golf

or yoga, and aim for at

least seven-nine hours of

sleep a night. Remember

that to age gracefully, it

is important for women

to love their bodies.

No matter what phase

of life a woman is in,

there are always measures

she can take to

maintain her health. With

more than 20 family and

internal medicine, obstetrics,

and gynecology

and pediatric locations,

DuPage Medical Group

offers the care a family

needs, close to home. Du-

Page Medical Group has

south suburban locations

in Blue Island, Chicago

Ridge, Evergreen Park,

Hazel Crest, Homer Glen,

Joliet, Mokena, New

Lenox, Oak Lawn, Palos

Heights and Tinley Park.

Submitted by DuPage

Medical Group. For more

information, visit dupage


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