Some of the leading causes of death in women over 40 are cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease. To avoid these, here are seven habits that you should drop as they are precursors to some of these diseases.
1. You are what you eat, and most of us are junk. Sixty percent of American women are overweight. Some of that is due to the amount of junk food that enters our system, such as animal fats, processed foods and sugars. Stick to a plant diet and whole grains, while eating items as salmon to avoid unhealthy fats and increase protein.
2. Many middle-aged women are caregivers. They care for elderly people as well as children, and leave little time for themselves which can lead to stress, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Over 70% of caregivers were found to be depressed.
3. Women have a harder time getting to sleep and staying asleep. They may suffer from insomnia or restless leg syndrome, and as they get older may develop sleep apnea. Sleep is so important to your overall health. According to a study women should get more than 5 hours of sleep at night but no more than 8.5
4. More and more women who are middle-aged are re-entering the dating scene after being divorced or widowed. This leads to a rise in STDs in these women. Many don’t think that they are vulnerable to STDs or even HIV. Always use protection.
5. Women are less likely to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day even though it protects against high blood pressure and cholesterol, cancer, and obesity. No matter how busy you are try to get a little exercise in here and there.
6. Because women, on average, weigh less than men, their alcohol tolerance is lower which can end up leading to breast cancer, heart disease, and alcoholism. One drink per day is fine, especially if it is red wine which is filled with antioxidants.
7. Smoking is one of the most preventable causes of death. It can cause many different types of cancer such as mouth, throat, and lung. Quitting can help to lower your risk of heart disease and cancer significantly and quickly.