Staying healthy in your peak earning years

As a baby boomer, you're probably making the best money of your career with little time for your health. But as you get older, your well-being gets more valuable. Money Magazine offers a few tips on how to take care of your aging self.

Watch your bones
A health guide for boomers
Watch your bones
By the time a woman hits 50, her bones are weakening, partly due to plunging estrogen levels. Half of women over 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

Women over 60 who weigh less than 154 pounds, smoke or have had at least one fracture are at higher risk.

The test to get:
All women at or near menopause (around age 50) should have a full bone scan. If your mother or a sister has osteoporosis, ask your doctor if you need one earlier.
Cost: $580.

Four rules

Doctor visits

Your colon

Blood sugar

Depression

Weigh in

Heart health

Prostate cancer

Aorta check

Breast cancer

Osteoporosis
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