Women's Health Week 2017

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The mission at Capital Women’s Care is to nurture the spirit of caring for every woman. With Women’s Health Week being celebrated May 14-20, 2017, we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss some of the top women’s health issues and how to make your health a priority.

Women’s Health Issues

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, with an estimated 44 million being affected by the disease; according to the American Heart Association. Risk factors for heart disease include lack of physical activity, smoking, being overweight, eating an unhealthy diet, and high blood pressure.

The American Cancer Society estimates over 850,000 new cancer cases among women in 2017, with the highest estimates being cancers of the breast, lung, uterus, and colon. Some of the most common cancer symptoms are lumps or bumps, change in bowel or urination habits, unexplained pain, unexplained weight loss, and persistent sore throat or cough.

Mental health problems affecting women include anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, with depression being “the most common mental health problem for women,” according to the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. All mental health conditions should be considered serious, and we encourage any woman who is experiencing persistent feelings of hopelessness or stress/anxiety to seek help.

Make Your Health a Priority

Know your history. Your family history can help determine your risk for certain conditions, such as heart disease and cancer.

Schedule checkups. Regular checkups and preventative screenings, including your annual gynecological checkup, are key to staying healthy and detecting conditions or diseases in their earlier stages, when treatment is most effective.

Get active. Reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other conditions by staying active. The general rule of thumb is about 30 minutes of activity per day, including aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Come up with creative ways to work in a work out.

Eat (and drink) healthy. Fill your diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat milk products. Limit saturated fats, salt, and added sugars, as well as alcohol and caffeine consumption.

Manage stress. Be sure you’re getting enough sleep, start meditating or doing yoga, talk to a friend or professional, participate in activities you enjoy … anything that helps you relax. For other tips, read our “Stress Awareness” blog.

Stay safe. Make smart choices in your daily life, such as not smoking, not texting while driving, and always wearing a seatbelt in the car and a helmet when riding a bike. These may seem small, but each of these small steps can change your life.

We encourage you to discuss any health concerns with your Capital Women’s Care provider. If needed, we can provide recommendations or referrals to other healthcare providers, to help you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Our Mission

The providers of Capital Women's Care seek the highest quality medical and ethical standard in an environment that nurtures the spirit of caring for every woman.

 

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