Three factors that you can’t control, but that can impact a woman’s health as she ages are:
- Your genes: genetics and family history can provide some insight. Looking at how one’s mother, grandmothers and other blood-related relatives age may provide some clues. If close relative had an early onset disease or an inherited disorder, that information should be shared with the healthcare provider and early screen considered.
- Your age: from the moment of birth the body is constantly changing as cells are loss and produced, damaged and replaced. Over time this process can be altered or disrupted by exposure to external toxins, mistakes during the process of cell division and consequences of normal body processes like metabolism
- Your hormones: Specific to women are changes in the hormone secretion of the female reproductive cycle. As the woman ages, the ovaries become less responsive to the effects of hormones secreted from the anterior pituitary gland. As a result the circulating levels of estrogen and progesterone are altered and can lead to physical and psychosocial changes.