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Hold back the years

Understanding your body can help you stay healthy. Here’s how to future-proof your body

Health worries come and go, and it isn’t always easy to tell if that odd twinge is perfectly normal. Reassuringly, when you learn how your body changes over the years, you can tell what’s to be expected and what you need to treat more seriously. That way, you can future-proof your health. 

 

 

Five tips on protecting your health:

 

  1. Develop good habits for the future: do at least half-an-hour’s aerobic exercise most days, and a weekly Pilates and yoga session for flexibility and core strength. Eat a low-fat diet and maintain energy levels with a little protein at each meal to slow the digestion of carbohydrates and keep blood sugar stable.
  2. Wear a high SPF sunscreen on your face to protect against skin damage, premature wrinkling and age spots. Choose one with both UVA and UVB protection.
  3. Talk to your doctor about having a cardiovascular risk assessment. By measuring your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels and looking at your family history of heart disease and lifestyle factors, your doctor can calculate your risk of stroke or heart disease and suggest ways to reduce your risk.
  4. Have your eyes tested regularly to check your vision and detect any early signs of eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts, as well as conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.
  5. Do your pelvic floor exercises. They’re important at every age, but particularly pre-menopause as muscles become weaker and any stress incontinence problems are likely to worsen.
Text originally appeared in Good Housekeeping UK.
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