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New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - HEALTH -

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.

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