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14 December 2010

Common problems

There are three things that determine your health during this age group: Lifestyle, genetics and your medical history.

The problems you may experience during this phase of your life depend largely on your own medical history, on the genetic makeup of your family and on your choice of lifestyle. If one, or both your parents have high blood pressure or have had cancer, you should be on the lookout.

However, if you smoke forty cigarettes a day, you cannot expect to have no respiratory problems just because your parents are OK. Lifestyle choices play an enormous part in your state of health.

Hormonal problems can be dealt with and should be diagnosed as early as possible. Stress-related diseases may require both therapy and medication, as would depression. It is very important during this time of your life to have regular gynaecological and general medical checkups.

Many women are under so much pressure to look after others during this phase of their lives, that they neglect their own health. It is important to deal with stress in the proper way, otherwise it is very tempting to self-'medicate' stress by means of alcohol, drugs or nicotine.

 
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