We might sound like a broken record, but you should try your best to maintain a well-balanced diet and only drink alcohol in moderation in your 20s. It can have HUGE effects on your health later down the line. “The more you cut back on fatty foods and cholesterol in your 20s, the more likely your arteries will be nice and clean in your 30s and 40s. You’re also less likely to have liver flare-ups later in life if you avoid binge-drinking,” says Dr. Nancy Simpkins.
While 50 is often considered the magic age when women begin entering menopause, says Dr. Simpkins, many women get premature menopausal symptoms — known as perimenopause — in their early 40s. These symptoms can include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and irregular periods. In fact, some women will feel these effects for at least 10 years. Fortunately, there’s an antidote beyond hormone replacement therapy: black cohosh oil. “It’s a naturally occurring substance that helps block the effects of [low] estrogen in the woman’s body,” says Dr. Simpkins.
Here’s a bit of junk science for you: You need less sleep when you’re much older. Studies may show that people in their 50s and older sleep less, but that’s merely because people have a harder time sleeping when they get older. Ideally, women should still hit the sack for seven to eight hours a night. What is one of the culprits behind insomnia? Menopause.