MD Anderson experts create plan to guide women on healthy behaviors

“A woman’s life changes at every decade and so does her body,” says Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “And, just as a woman sets personal and work-related milestones, she also should set health goals for every stage of life.”

Making healthy food choices and staying active every day can help jumpstart the body’s metabolism and keep off unwanted pounds.

Your 50s: Seek Healthy Hormone Options

Limit the use of hormone therapy. Taking hormones can increase a woman’s chances of developing uterine cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, blood clots and stroke. Women should talk to their doctor about hormone therapy and ask about healthier options to manage menopausal symptoms.

Your 60s and older: Stay Socially Active

Almost 10 million Americans older than age 65 live alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For many, living alone can lead to loneliness and depression, which can harm a person’s overall health.

Get involved in your community. Bevers encourages women who are retired and lack social interaction to find volunteer opportunities in their communities and get involved. It’ll keep them active, engaged and sociable. Even better: it offers a chance to help others.

Get annual check-ups

"Whether you’re in your 20s, 40s or 60s, yearly check-ups are a must," Bevers says. "With the help of your doctor, you can create a personalized health plan to help you stay healthy for many years to come."

Source: MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center

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