GHWCC and Women’s Health Network writer/researcher
With the observance of National Women’s Health Week (May 8th. – 14th.) in our very recent rear view mirror, now is the perfect time to make a personal health plan and implement it into our everyday lives.
During National Women’s Health Week, most of us probably read or heard, in a piecemeal fashion, about various health issues effecting women, but we may not have sat down and tried to coalesce our tidbits of information into a cohesive body of information from which to make a plan of action. Because we at the GHWCC encourage all women to care for their whole selves, the information that follows is intended as a quick checklist of overall health basics to help us focus our attentions on improving overall health – including in areas that we may often gloss over or ignore completely.
To begin, we’ll start with the more commonly discussed issues surrounding women’s health, but we’ll move quickly to areas frequently overlooked.
• “Know your numbers” – weight, height, blood pressure, cholesterol (LDL, HDL, triglycerides, overall total cholesterol), blood glucose, A1C.
These figures can give you important clues to your overall risk for major killer diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, or other cardiovascular problems, as well as clues to the presence of other conditions, such as osteoporosis.
• Make sure your female parts are examined and screened for disease. Breasts, ovaries, uteruses, and vaginas have on-going issues and needs throughout life, even if child bearing is long over. Younger women who still have child bearing in the picture have even greater need for being sure their female parts are healthy. Whatever your age and stage of life, make sure you’ve been screened recently for cancer and other health problems. Talk with your doctor about a screening regimen that’s right for you and your personal needs.