Calling all women - take care!!
For many women, nurturing others is second nature. Women are adept at nurturing others, yet all too often, put their own needs at the back of the line. If you, or a woman you know is guilty of the same, encourage the following recommended screenings designed to keep them healthy — and in the picture as long as possible.
Stay in the Picture
Women sometimes need a little nurturing, too. Routine, daily recommendations to remain healthy include:
- Schedule all recommended health screenings.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Get regular exercise.
- Don’t smoke.
- Drink in moderation – if at all.
- Take private time to unwind and decompress.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
The first one is essential — especially if you’re having trouble following the other six. Even if you’re managing your weight and staying healthy, you may have health issues lurking beneath the surface that, as of yet, present no symptoms.
Vive la Différence
Women have more complicated anatomy than men and different health issues. For instance, while diabetes affects women and men in almost equal numbers, it affects women differently. Women with diabetes have higher risk for heart disease, blindness and depression. Chlamydia, a common STD that infects both men and women, has the potential to permanently damage a woman’s reproductive system. It can lead to infertility or a potentially fatal tubal pregnancy.
Take it seriously if your doctor or health care provider recommends screenings for chlamydia, cervical cancer, breast cancer or diabetes. Almost every cancer victim has a better survival rate when the cancer is caught early. Did you know that cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up?
It is important to take care of yourself, for yourself and those you love. Do the things you know you should. If you mess up, don’t get down on yourself. Schedule all recommended health screenings. Remember: You can’t take care of anyone else if you’re out of the picture.