From the age of 45, start having mammograms. Free mammograms are available through Breast Screen Aotearoa. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, you may want to talk to your GP about having them earlier.
Have a diabetes check.
Type 2 diabetes becomes more common when you’re in your forties, especially if you are overweight. A blood test can show if you are prediabetic and in danger of developing the disease.
Keep moving. When you are busy with work and children, exercise can slip down the list of priorities but it is crucial to stay active. And while walking, dancing and swimming are great exercise, try to also do strength training, using light weights or resistance bands. This can help to preserve muscle mass and bone density, which you start to lose in your forties.
Keep on the move in your forties if you want to preserve your muscle mass.