In our 40s, bodies start to show signs of wear and tear and change, making screenings important, Dr Tanner says. While women in this age group tend to put family first and neglect their own health, he recommends a check every two years of a full blood count, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, weight and “SNAP” (Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol and Physical activity). As kilos become harder to shed, a more disciplined attitude to diet and exercise may be necessary. If bone density is found to be not optimal, it can be improved with weight bearing exercise, for example tennis, skipping, jogging and weights. And skin changes like more dryness and pigmentation mean annual skin cancer checks are necessary, too.