As we age, our risk for certain illnesses increases. By being aware of symptoms, making regular appointments with your doctor and taking preventative measures, you can outsmart your age and stay healthy way past 50.

Back pain

Yes, you will probably throw your back out more often after 50. Back pain is common among older adults, and factors like eating habits, exercise routines and conditions such as arthritis and cancer can elevate your risk of having more down-and-out days. It’s important to regularly stretch, take breaks when you need them and talk to your doctor if you’re having persistent pain.


Bladder problems

Whether you can’t go when you need to or can’t control when you do, bladder control issues are common among women over 50. They can occur from nerve damage, muscle weakness or thickening tissue. Practicing Kegel exercises and cutting caffeine out of your diet can both make a noticeable difference.



Age is the largest risk factor for cancer, and between the ages of 45 and 54, your chances of developing cancer double. It’s important to avoid risky behaviors like smoking and spending a lot of time in the sun, and it’s also vital you have annual exams to check for cervical and breast cancer.



Depression is a common disorder among Americans 18 and older. But as women age, changes in your life and your body can increase the chance of experiencing depressive episodes. Talk to your doctor if you’re feeling more down than usual, and if you find yourself contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.



One in ten Americans live with diabetes. This disorder of the pancreas is common among those with a family history of diabetes, those with unhealthy lifestyles and older adults. It can lead to serious health problems like heart disease and blindness, so make sure to ask your doctor about your risk.


Hearing loss

As we age, more women experience hearing loss. However, if you were often around loud sounds or have a genetic history of hearing loss, this could be a more serious concern. Visit your doctor if you suspect you’re asking people to repeat themselves a few too many times.


Heart disease

The buildup of plaque in your arteries is a major cause of heart disease. Between the ages of 40 and 59, around 6% of women suffer from this serious condition. If you have a family history or notice symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, ask your doctor for a preventative heart scan.


High blood pressure

With age, our blood vessels become less flexible, putting pressure on your circulatory system. By eating well, exercising often and relieving stress, you can prevent high blood pressure and the risks that come with it like stroke and heart attack.



Around 54 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. This condition weakens your bones and can lead to fractures. To protect your bones, it’s important to have a healthy diet rich in Vitamin D and calcium and to perform regular weight-bearing exercise like dancing, jogging or climbing stairs.


Vision problems

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. You’re probably in need of a stronger prescription as you get older. Women over 50 are also more likely to develop cataracts or glaucoma, so it’s important to see your ophthalmologist for regular eye exams.

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