Our thirties can be a real health maker or health breaker. During this decade, good health habits can be formed. Habits that can set the foundation for a healthier lifestyle in years to come.

Here are some health issues to think about in your thirties:

Family Planning

For women who are considering pregnancy in the next few years, make an appointment to speak to your doctor about your pre-pregnancy health. Discuss your current medical history, medications you’re taking and any items that may affect future fertility.

If childbirth is not something you’re not considering, it’s still important to have a discussion about contraception. A wide range of contraceptive options exist. Make sure you’re on the one that best suits your medical history and lifestyle.

Take Control Of All-Important Lifestyle Habits

Smoking, alcohol and diet can dramatically influence our health. On their own, each of these factors can lead to poor medical outcomes such as diabetes, heart disease or liver damage. Do not underestimate the value of getting these issues under control.

  • Studies show that women who quit smoking before age 35 (for at least 15 years prior to age 50) may still be able to regain the same health status as those who have never smoked.
  • For women, a lower alcohol consumption can decrease the risk of liver cancer, colorectal cancer, and breast cancer.
  • When it comes to diet, research shows that women who follow the Mediterranean diet may have a 25% lower risk of developing heart disease over the course of 12 years (compared with women who don’t follow the diet). This heart-healthy diet emphasizes fruits, veggies, whole grains and fish while minimizing red meat.

Small changes to these lifestyle choices can make a big difference. For help stopping smoking or reducing alcohol consumption, speak to your doctor about options that might be right for you.

Well-Woman Exams

Be sure to schedule a routine well-woman exam. These exams are a good opportunity to check in with your doctor and make sure your gynecological and breast health are being monitored periodically.

Cervical Cancer And Pap Smears

Women past the age of twenty-one should begin scheduling regular pap tests. Pap tests are a screening tool used to detect cervical cancer in the very early stages. Like most cancers, the earlier they’re detected, the better the chances of survival.

Physical Fitness

Research shows that regular physical activity will keep you healthier, happier and improve the quality of your sleep! So keep the following tips in mind:

  • Some physical activity is better than no physical activity. Aim for 30-60 minutes a day but if that’s not possible, do what you can.
  • Walking, light jogging or even yoga all count.
  • Try to vary your routine so that you’re getting different types of exercise. Think weights, swimming or dance classes.

Our bodies are unique and so too are our health concerns. Always speak to your doctor to get tailored health advice.