Losing a bit of weight over time can enhance your health and happiness.

Study shows that shedding a few pounds a year could do big things for your health

It happens to all of us. For years you feel physically fit and ready to take on the world, then suddenly – often around your 40s and 50s – it seems like most conversations revolve around one ailment or another. Maybe you feel a bit creakier after your routine workout, or are experiencing vaginal health issues that have put a real cramp in your sexual style. Or, you may be concerned about the specters of heart disease, diabetes and memory loss – all of which can start to rear their ugly heads around this time. 

Though there are certain factors like genetic predisposition that you simply have no sway over, there are plenty of lifestyle choices you can make to enhance your overall health and directly target these serious medical issues. Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) revealed that middle-aged women in particular could benefit from modest weight loss over an extended period of time.

According to an AHA press release, researchers from the University of Arizona observed that females who committed to losing 10 percent of their body weight during a two year program displayed a lower risk for heart disease and diabetes – two of the most prevalent health concerns facing women at this stage in life.

"When you lose weight long-term, you just don't move to a smaller dress size, you are actually moving these risk factors markedly and likely reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes," said study co-author Dr. Cynthia Thomson in an official statement. 

Whether your end goal is losing weight or simply pursuing a healthier lifestyle, making conscious decisions about the food you eat and the physical activity you engage in will improve your quality of life in many ways. You may feel so energetic and confident with your new physique that you won't even need your favorite sex aids to get excited! 

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