Health & Wellness

Health Checks Every Women 40+ Should Have

January 14, 2016
Health Checks for Women that could save your life

Health Checks for Women that could save your lifeWhen was the last time you had a general health check  with your GP? 

Are you looking after yourself and your health? 

Do you have a family medical history of cancer, diabetes, or heart disease?

We certainly make sure our family has regular medical and dental checkups but tend to put that on the never-ending ‘to do’ list when it comes to our personal health.

Regular exercise can help you stay fit however, once we hit midlife it is more important than ever to have a HEALTH CHECK LIST and make sure we schedule the necessary appointments.

The other problem is that time flies and we forget when we are due for those extra important healthy checks and screening.

To assist you I’ve included a FREE Check List here that you can download and keep as a reference guide and reminder.

Here are 12 Health Checks You May Need to Have

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1. General Checkup

A visit to your GP at least annually should include a general check up include having your blood pressure checked, Blood tests to check your cholestorol levels, sugar levels (for Type 2 Diabetes), hormone levels.

2. Mammogram

Self checks are a must to notice any changes early, however a mammogram every two years after we turn 40 or annually if you have a family history or previous diagnosis, should be at the top of your list.

3. Skin Cancers

The Cancer Council of Australia suggests that 1 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they reach 70.  Regular skin checks for changes in moles, freckles and spots may help to identify any changes that might appear to be skin cancer and the outcome can be better if caught early.

4. Pap Smear

We should be having a Pap Smear every two years to check for Cervical cancer.  For some the test is not pleasant but the alternative is worse. Read more about this screening here

5. Bone Density

As we age Osteporosis or low bone density is a risk especially after the age of 50.  Weight training can help but how often do you hear of older people falling and breaking their hip?  A Bone Density scan can detect any signs of Osteoporisis.  Read more about what is involved with a Bone Density Scan here

6. Diabetes Screening

Diabetes Australia suggests that “Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).”

Watch a Diabetes awareness video here to learn more.

7. Bowel Cancer Screening

I have regular screening for bowel cancer as my father suffered from this disease. Some tests can be done at home.  A more comprehensive screening with a colonoscopy every one or two years from the age of 50 will show any changes or the presence of polyps or other signs of bowel cancer. Read more about bowel cancer screening here.

8. Eyes

Not seeing the small print as clearly?  A yearly eye examination will not only check your vision but also for signs of cataracts and glaucoma. Read more on looking after the health of your eyes here

9. Dental

At least an annual check up or twice a year visit to the Dentist will keep your beautiful smile and also check for cavities, gum disease or general degeneration of teeth.

10. Hearing

What did you say?  Yes unfortunately, as we get older our hearing can be affected and I don’t mean the ‘SELECTIVE HEARING’ that we are sometime accused of having!  Fortunately, most of us aren’t affected but for those over 65 an annual check up is advised.

11. Exercise Stress Test

If you have developed shortness of breath or chest pain an Exercise Stress test can show how well your heart performs under stress while exercising.  If you don’t have chest pain but experience shortness of breath, your Doctor may recommend a Stress Test especially if there is a history of heart disease in the family.  Read more about Exercise Sress Tests here.

12. Mental Health

Before you say there is nothing wrong with my mental health read what I have to say.  We are all busy and sometimes our mental health needs a little TLC.  That means finding some BALANCE in your life and taking time out to relax your mind, body and soul.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or even feel that you may be depressed, don’t feel self-conscious but rather feel confident to make an appointment with your GP to see if you are just feeling down or if you need some more specialised assistance. 

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So print off the FREE HEALTH CHECKLIST and start making those appointments today! Your life may depend on it!


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  • Reply Michelle January 15, 2016 at 08:44

    I just sent you a FB message. I am in the middle of writing a post on this very subject. Annual tests every woman should have. Been gathering the pictures for it today. Well, we will have to encourage women together.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 15, 2016 at 14:50

      Well great minds think alike Michelle and it is so important that we keep on top of all the extra tests we may need. I’ll look out for your posts.

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill January 15, 2016 at 20:36

    there’s so many! I have to confess to getting a bit slack with all my checks – there will be a few going on this year. I HATE mammograms with a passion and may put that one off for a while longer! Thanks for the reminder Sue 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:19

      Hi Leanne it is hard to remember when they are all due. I have family history with breast cancer, bowel cancer, lung cancer and heart disease so I make sure I am tested or screened for those.

  • Reply Gina January 16, 2016 at 12:12

    Sue, this is something that I am definitely guilty of putting on the backburner. Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve been to a GP in several years. I know that a lot of these are recommendations for those in midlife and I’m still in my 20s, but I have a lot of these diseases in my family. The two things that I always do are the dentist and optometrist. But, I really need to make some of these a priority. With my family health history, I really should be more careful. Thanks for making this helpful list. I already pinned it to check later! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:21

      Hi Gina, having a family history of cancer and heart disease I have to make it a priority to keep being screened and testing. Thanks for pinning and hope it is useful!

  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton January 16, 2016 at 14:15

    Sue this is a great list, over the last several years I have been tested inside and out, but I need to keep this list handy to make sure I remember to make appointments in the future. And I shared, this is great info and we all need to remember to take care of ourselves, don’t we?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:22

      Hi Nikki I suppose you would be happy to see the back of testing! Thank you for sharing my post as it is important for all women to take care of themselves.

  • Reply Sadhna Grover January 16, 2016 at 14:41

    Hi Sue, This is a great post/reminder to all of us who have crossed 40. You are very right, once i suffered a lot with headache and dizziness, but the problem was the number of the eye glasses changed, LOL. We should get it done regularly.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:23

      Hi Sadhna at least you found out what the problem was. I have my eyes checked yearly as I get older and use the computer more my eyes are becoming weaker. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day!

  • Reply Kathryn January 16, 2016 at 15:53

    I’m off to the doctor next week for a few of these. I’m not quite old enough for some. Soon, though. It’s a great checklist. Health care should definitely not be the thing you compromise!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:24

      Exactly Kathryn we shouldn’t compromise on our health but unfortunately sometimes we need to be reminded. Good luck with our tests.

  • Reply Erica January 16, 2016 at 16:17

    I’m still in my 30s but I am thinking I should have a few of these. I am pinning this for future reference so I can discuss with my doctor.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:25

      Hi Erica it doesn’t hurt to know about these things before you need to have them. Good idea to discuss with your doctor what you can do now and then in the future. Thanks for the comment and have a great day!

  • Reply January 16, 2016 at 18:07

    Sue, what a great reminder! I’m almost 39, but in my family there was a history about everything, so I started to get check ups regularly about two years ago. It’s so important, the earlier the better i say. Taking care of ourselves is the number one priority, only then we can take care of others! Thanks for this great list!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:26

      Yes Katrin I’m like you with family history for cancer and heart disease so we need to make sure we are tested or screened regularly. Thanks for the comment and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Charlotte January 16, 2016 at 22:21

    Definitely useful! unfortunately I tend to put things off – luckily i have been given plenty of warning :p Thanks for sharing though it is so important to do these little things to stay healthy 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:27

      Hi Charlotte putting things off is pretty common I think but we need to really look after our health for ourselves and our families. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

  • Reply Ilka January 17, 2016 at 00:36

    Great essential reminder Sue! So important to take care of this list!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 21, 2016 at 10:04

      Glad you found it useful Ilka. We need to make time for ourselves and our health. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Jessica January 17, 2016 at 01:34

    This is such important information. I think that, as women, we get so busy making sure that everyone else is healthy and well taken care of that we put our own health and well being on the back burner. Thank you for the reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:28

      It certainly is important Jessica and we tend to put everyone else first. I’m hoping the list will be a reminder for everyone. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog January 17, 2016 at 04:58

    These are all very important. And especially the fact that we should get tested for whatever we have genetically. I try as best as I can. The most important thing is the last thing you said, we have to have balance. Thanks for the reminder Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:29

      Hi Mary, balance is more important than people realise. If we have balance in our lives we tend to be healthier. Of course we can’t always beat genetics so it is good to have these regular screenings and test. Have a lovely day Mary!

  • Reply Lynn January 18, 2016 at 10:12

    Great list! A very useful tool. It is so easy to let a few of those slip here and there and before you know it years have gone by. Great reminder and list!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 18, 2016 at 12:32

      Hi Lynn! Thanks for stopping by to comment and I’m pleased you thought the list was useful. You are right about time slipping by so the list is handy for me to keep on top of things. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Aletha Oglesby January 20, 2016 at 13:32

    Sue, this is an excellent review. Most screening tests are low cost and low risk so the return on investment is potentially high. I would add that colon screening with a colonoscopy is only recommended every 5-10 years here in the U.S. unless someone is high risk. And not every woman or man over 40 needs a stress test. We reserve that for people with symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath, or in someone with significant risk factors. Thanks for the article.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 20, 2016 at 15:33

      Thank you Aletha. I think it is a time factor or lack of time to be precise! We are always putting family first or not making these tests a priority. I suppose my family medical history pushes me to have my checks but everyone should make the time. Thanks for visiting and hope you visit again.

  • Reply Miranda January 22, 2016 at 06:52

    Great reminder. I’m not quite 40 yet, but will be soon, and I know that taking care of your health at any age is important, but especially as you get older.

    Thanks so much for linking this post up to Fitness Friday!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2016 at 12:39

      It is something we really need to be mindful of Miranda especially once we hit 40! Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak January 25, 2016 at 09:45

    Wow, Sue! A great list. Women need sure to get thir flu and pneumonia shots as well. The pneumonia is not the general we cone o think about, rather the one that is staph related a lot of seniors get. You are really takng off here madame! It is so good to see. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2016 at 12:50

      Yes you are right Marilyn, pneumonia can take it’s toll especially as we get older. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great week!

  • Reply Quirky Homemaker` January 26, 2016 at 01:38

    I just had a bunch of these done since I broke my hand and it wasn’t healing as quickly as they would have liked, but I haven’t made my regular gyno appt. in a while. I need to make that appointment! All of the other tests came back normal! The bone density test on the heel was super easy and quick and I was glad to hear that I was within normal ranges. 🙂 Stopping by from Over the Moon!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 26, 2016 at 11:18

      Thanks for stopping by to comment and I’m glad your test results were normal. We need to make sure that we do keep up all our testing so that we can hopefully catch anything nasty before it gets out of hand. Have a lovely week!

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