Make a mental list of your three biggest health worries. Odds are they're very different from those of your little sister or older aunt. That's because, depending on where you are in life, your concerns understandably shift. "A 20-year-old isn't going to be thinking about breast cancer and heart disease the way a 40-something woman is. She's going to be more focused on, say, her sexual health," explains JoAnn E. Manson, MD, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. And rightly so, since your actual risk for certain problems also changes with age. Here, a guide to the issues you should hone in on now -- and expert advice for safeguarding your health through the years.
Freelance writer Shaun Dreisbach is based in Essex, Vermont, and has two children.
Originally published in American Baby magazine, February 2007.