How can a woman’s health change once she turns 40?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Forty is a magical number for women's health. Your career, friendships, and relationships all may be flourishing. Yet turning 40 also means your chance of developing illnesses like cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, or a thyroid condition increases significantly. You might not even be aware of the risks associated with these diseases. For instance, according to the American Heart Association, 23% of women ages 40 and above die within one year of having a heart attack compared to 18% of men.

Many diseases simply become more common as we grow older. Certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking or poor diet, begin to take their toll by age 40. You can't turn back the clock, but you can learn how to protect yourself from the health problems that could destroy your quality of life. Along with the help of your physician, you need to focus not only on prevention but on early detection of certain medical conditions.

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