1. Start off each day with a hearty breakfast
Eating whole grains in the morning can actually help you shed unwanted pounds — they digest slowly and keep blood sugar steady, which fends off hunger and may help control type 2 diabetes.
According to research, breakfast skippers actually have more difficulty with weight control and tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunge
2. Review your birth control options
Are you using the contraception that best suits your lifestyle? What worked for you a couple of years ago may not be your best option right now, so talk to your gynecologist about contraception at your annual exam.
Apart from preventing pregnancy, some of the birth control options can also help regulate your menstrual cycle and reduce period-related breakouts, headaches, cramps and other symptoms. These are factors you might want to take into consideration.
Combination pills, for instance, can help with acne. If you dislike the hassle of taking daily pills, the Depo-Provera shot also helps relieve heavy menstrual flow; as does the IUD, if you want to postpone having kids long-term.
3. Make sure you’re covered
There are sensible ways to save money, but skipping coverage isn’t one of them. If you lack health insurance, you might be putting both your health and financial resources at risk. In fact, a survey conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation found that uninsured women are considerably more likely to postpone going to the doctor for health concerns and often forego important preventive servies such as mammograms and Pap tests.
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4. Build your bones
Osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease, is a major health threat for women later on in life — one out of every two women over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime. What you eat and do now matters:
Watch calcium in your diet and aim for at least three servings of dairy a day. Healthy sources include skim milk, low-fat cheese and yogurt. Non-dairy options (such as dark green vegetables and calcium-fortified foods) and calcium supplement also help you reach your goal of 1,000 mg daily for women aged 25 to 50.
To keep bones strong, engage in regular weight-bearing activities such as walking, running, aerobics or dancing, which helps build bone mass.