As a woman, you know how important it is to keep yourself fit and healthy. After all, you want to live a long and happy life, full of family and friends. That’s why it’s so important to approach your health from all aspects, whether it be your hormonal balance, your risk for serious diseases, and even your weight management.
Get Regular Screenings
Of course, part of staying healthy involves getting regular screenings for major diseases and health conditions, including cancers, heart attacks, and strokes. This vigilance is especially important for women, as cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is the top killer of women. In fact, it’s estimated that it kills over 500,000 American women each year – and the number is rising, thanks to sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets.
Annual wellness exams can play an important role in making sure that you’re cutting down your risks for developing these diseases. Additionally, comprehensive blood tests can help your doctor determine your risks for certain diseases by analyzing your .
Speaking of which…
Test Your Hormones
Hormone imbalance can make it very difficult for women to live active and healthy lives. That’s why it’s important to have a doctor test your hormones on a regular basis. A hormone test can help your doctor determine your risk for osteoporosis, dementia, depression, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, and thyroid function. Your hormones can reveal a lot about your health and well-being – and your doctor can help you figure out what’s going on!
Bio-identical hormones are derived from natural plant sources to produce molecules, which are physiologically identical to hormones produced naturally in the human body. They produce the same physiologic responses as those of endogenous hormones (naturally produced hormones), and are much more effective than synthetic hormones.
Stay Active & Reduce Stress
Keeping active isn’t just essential for maintaining your weight; it’s also critical for leading a healthy and well-adjusted life. Regular exercise can keep your heart healthy, cut down your risks for most cancers and diseases, and even keep depression at bay. If you’re not sure how to get started on the path to fitness, your doctor can design an exercise regimen that can help you stay fit and healthy for the rest of your life.
In addition to exercise it’s important to try to regulate stress. Getting a good night’s sleep (maximizing deep REM sleep) and engaging in yoga or meditation can help your body de-stress. Try simply making time for your favorite (healthy) hobby every day, even for only 15-30 min, such as reading, board games, a quiet homemade dinner, or even a nice walk around the neighborhood.
Active clean eating and avoid fad diets. This means staying away from fast food, processed food, and soda. Instead opt for natural, organic foods. Think more green and colorful foods, high in fiber, protein and other nutrients, and less sugar starches. Dr. Le can help improve your diet with her nutritional counseling.
It’s also important to limit your alcohol consumption and avoid recreational and prescription drugs. If you smoke, actively take steps to cut down and then quit.