1. Unexpected and unwanted weight gain that seems impossible to shed
As we enter our 30’s, the unfortunate reality is that our metabolism begins to slow down, making weight maintenance and weight loss that much more difficult. In order to stimulate your slowing metabolic rate, it is important to maintain a regular exercise program of aerobic activities as well as eat a healthy diet rich with fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats. If you are doing all of these things and still have trouble maintaining a healthy weight or shedding unwanted pounds, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue such as an underactive thyroid, a food intolerance, or a hormone imbalance. Do not simply assume that your weight gain is merely age-related. If it feels unnatural, consult your physician for further testing.
2. Newly formed or changing moles or dark spots on your skin
- The appearance of any new mole or a change in color or shape of an existing mole.
- New freckles, age spots, or patches of thick skin that resemble a scar.
- The appearance of dark streaks under your fingernails or toenails.
- Darker bands of skin begin appearing around your nails.
3. Problems getting pregnant.
Around the age of 30 is when female fertility begins to decline as a result of less frequent ovulation, decreased amount of eggs, and less cervical fluid. However, with women having children much later in life now, not all fertility issues are age-related. If you are having trouble conceiving, it could be the result of an underlying problem such as a hormone imbalance, thyroid problems, or tumors or cysts in your reproductive organs.
4. Unexplained or abnormal vaginal bleeding
While stress can cause all sorts of irregularities with your menstrual cycle, your body will very quickly readjust and return to normal. As we approach our 40’s and perimenopause sets in, our cycles can become equally erratic. But if you start noticing abnormal and erratic cycles in your 30’s, it could be the result of a medical issue that needs to be addressed. Erratic periods and abnormal bleeding could be indicative of polyps or tumors as well as infections or cancers. Do not ignore these signs and symptoms in your body.
5. Increased hair loss.
While it is normal for women to lose approximately 50-100 strands of hair daily, more severe hair loss is an indicator that there may be an underlying medical problem. Your body could be iron deficient or low in Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you begin noticing an unexplained and pronounced hair loss over an extended period of time, be sure to consult your doctor.
Also, we age and enter our 30’s, our bodies slow down the production of collagen which is essential for healthy skin. While many of the above symptoms may be related to underlying health issues, a lot of these issues can be prevented by maintaining a proper diet rich in necessary vitamins and minerals which will provide our bodies with the nutrients necessary to prevent many age-related medical conditions as well as help you to regain your skin from sagging caused by age and gravity. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms including severely dehydrated and sagging skin, it is important to consult your physician for routine blood work and testing to rule out any underlying health concerns.