As the years go on and medicine advances, the definition of middle age is changing. A few years ago people may usually considered 40s to be 'middle age,' now, most people believe that 50 is the new 40.
There are 6 common mistakes that middle-aged women make that are affecting their overall health, all of which you should watch out for.
1. Ignoring heart health
There are so many little habits that can hurt your heart, and it's important that women know the symptoms and warning signs of issues. Smoking, obesity and a lack of exercise all contribute to heart disease.
"Heart age" is a real concern, but you shouldn't give up if you have made some bad choices in the past. You can always improve your choices as you age and over time it'll help your heart stay healthy.
2. Letting menopause symptoms run wild
Hot flashes, sleeping issues and urinary problems are common with menopause, but you don't have to simple endure it. Hormone therapy has been found to help a lot of women, and even if that doesn't work there are other techniques that can improve your life. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been known to reduce hot flash severity, as does hypnosis. Bladder issues can also be helped with medication, so don't be afraid to voice your problems with your doctor.
3. Not having enough sex
While a lot of people think that sex drives decline with age, it has been proven that it actually helps people a lot. It helps to give women improved pelvic tone, healthier vaginal tissues and improves psychological health.