This week is National Women’s Health Week, as coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This year’s theme, “It’s Your Time,” is about women taking charge of their own health and being proactive about disease prevention and safety.
As we age, the list of preventative measures necessary to ensure good health into old age grows. Women face particularly complicated health issues throughout life, as compared to men – from preparing for pregnancy to transitioning through menopause.
So, ladies: if you’ve ever wished for a doctor GPS that directs you to the specialists you’ll need to see and the tests you’ll need throughout life, consider this your guide.
Below, you’ll find all of the basic health recommendations for a healthy woman in her 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. If you suffer from a chronic health issue, or have a family history of disease, consult your doctor about how often you should undergo these tests, and whether any additional procedures are necessary.
Adhering to these guidelines – in addition to receiving an annual physical examination – won’t guarantee a life free of illness. But it will give you the best chance at overcoming anything that crosses your path.