25 things every woman over 50 should know about her health

Turning 50 is both an exciting and intimidating milestone. If you have kids, they may have left the nest. If you’re working full time, you may be looking ahead to retirement. Fifty is a time when your friendship dynamics might change and social expectations shift. While there are plenty of aspects of getting older that might feel truly great, there are some that certainly don’t. Your body changes a lot during this phase of life — and that can be really frightening. But knowing what to expect and remain as informed as possible can help make these transitions easier.

Heart disease is your biggest risk

Though men are at greater risk for heart disease than women, women over 50 still need to be cognizant of the most common signs of heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States, responsible for about one in every five female deaths.