4 Health Risks to Watch in Your 30s

healthy 30 year oldWith busy careers and growing families, many people in their 30s aren’t finding the time to take care of themselves. If you coasted through your 20s with only a few visits to the doctor and not much thought about your diet, now is the time to pay attention to your health. Yearly physicals, completing recommended health screenings, and healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk for chronic health problems later in life.

While your family health history plays a role in the health screenings you need, here are four of the top health risks 30-year-olds need to watch.

Weight Gain

Metabolism starts to slow down in our 30s, making it easier to put on pounds. If the scales are slowly creeping upward, you may suddenly find yourself overweight, leaving you at a higher risk, for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.

The best way to lose weight is a combination of regular exercise and cutting calories. However, skip the drastic diets and gym marathons. Research shows a healthy weight loss is about one to two pounds per week.

Diabetes

While 9 percent of the US population had diabetes, it is estimated 37 percent of adults over age 20 have prediabetes. People with prediabetes can delay or prevent the onset of diabetes by making dietary changes, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight.

If you haven’t had your blood sugar checked recently, make an appointment with your physician for this important screening. Nearly 27 percent of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. Even if you have diabetes, keeping your blood sugar well controlled is key to preventing complications.

Cervical Cancer

Among women under age 40, 78 percent of new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed in women aged 30 to 39 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. When diagnosed early, cervical cancer is more easily treatable.

The American Cancer Society recommends that starting at age 30, women should be screened with a combined Pap/HPV test every five years. If you can’t remember when you had your last Pap test, or if you’ve recently changed doctors, check with the last office where you had a Pap test to determine when you may be due for the screening again.

Testicular Cancer

While testicular cancer is relatively rare, about half of all cases are found in men between the ages of 20 and 34. Testicular cancer is highly treatable, with more than 95 percent of cases being labeled as cured following therapy.

A testicular exam should be a part of any regular physical exam, and your doctor can also teach you how to perform a self-exam.

Schedule a Physical Today

Regular annual exams are the best way for you to stay on top of your health. A primary care doctor who can work with you to make an individualized health plan based on your condition and family health history offers the best chance of preventing or managing chronic diseases, cancers, and other health concerns.

Looking for a new doctor? LeBauer HealthCare has primary care teams in Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Oak Ridge, Whitsett, and Summerfield (coming soon). Make an appointment and discover how your 30s can be your healthiest years yet.

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