Everyone copes with changes as they age: wrinkles, memory lapses, body aches and pains. While some of these things are universal regardless of sex, women over 40 face unique health challenges all their own. Knowing what to expect is important, as is learning how to prevent serious illness and health complications to keep looking and feeling good for as long as possible.


1. Slowing Metabolism

Fluctuations in estrogen and insulin combine with decreasing thyroid levels in women over 40, which can cause increased hunger. Muscle mass also begins to decline, leading to decreased mobility and strength and burning fewer calories. The good news is that a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and a regular exercise routine can help counter some of these metabolic changes or ease their side effects.

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