Your body goes through many health changes after menopause, and most of these changes seem to come from the ovaries, which are responsible for the protective effect of estrogen.
I often wish that you could drink an estrogen smoothie every morning and not have to worry about hot flashes, dry skin, thinning hair, heart disease, breast cancer, or bone density.
You need to talk to your doctor and schedule some medical tests so you can nip any health concerns in the bud before something more serious develops.
Here are three tests you may need after menopause:
Statistics show that one in eight women will have breast cancer at some point in their lives. Your breast cancer risk rises with age, so you may need an annual mammogram.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor first so you can have a breast exam. A mammogram doesn’t take all day and you are usually done in 15 minutes.
Now, in order to avoid too much radiation, and if you have had normal mammograms, you may be asked to schedule the test every other year.
Central DEXA Scan
This is a test done on women after menopause, especially those who are 65 years of age or older. It is a test that can detect the bone mineral density of the hip and spine to see if a woman has osteoporosis.
It’s not a painful test, but you need to lie still on a padded table for up to half an hour. Usually, a DEXA scan focuses on two specific areas: the spine and the hip. That’s because these are the sites where most fractures caused by low bone density (osteopenia) or bone loss occur.
Let your technician know if you have had joint replacement. In that case you can have your forearm scanned.
Cardiac Stress Test
Your risk of developing heart disease increases after menopause, so your doctor may recommend that you have a cardiac stress test.
You run or walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike to increase your heart rate while you are hooked up to an EKG machine. This measures your heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled environment.
If you have an abnormal reading, your doctor may recommend that you have a coronary angiogram to check for blocked arteries.
As you age, you need to be more proactive about your health. Talk to your doctor about these three tests and see what he recommends. You want to enjoy your golden years and participate in everything life has to offer.