Ask GP: Mid-Forties Self-Care?
Dear GP, I’m not in menopause yet, but I’m in my forties and I’m starting to notice some changes. Did you start taking care of yourself differently once you hit forty? —Maggie
Dear Maggie, First of all, congratulations. I believe that when women turn forty, we get a software upgrade, and part of that is that we tend to stop caring so much about what other people think. Being forty is very different now than it was for our grandmothers, and even our mothers—we are living in a time when we can redefine what that phase of femininity means. But despite all its upsides, there are things that happen after forty that we need to focus on, like heart health and bone density.
Like you, I’m not in menopause (yet!), but at the age of forty-six, I can feel a perceptible shift in my hormones—I probably sweat a little more than I used to, and my mood is less consistently even.
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And obviously supplementation is not enough. I have tweaked my approach to fitness, for example, to bring in more weight-lifting to build bone density, and I continue to eat as healthy as possible—whole foods, lots of green vegetables, clean sources of protein—particularly at lunch. (Everyone needs some off-the-leash time at night.) While I wasn’t overly focused on my hormones in my thirties, I do a panel every six months now to ensure that everything is aligned.
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