By Barbara Radin Fox for The Island Connection
National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19, encouraged women to take control of their health and learn steps they can take to live healthier lifestyles. For the first installment of our new column, For Your Health, writer Barbara Radin Fox, of the Seabrook Island Health Professionals Group, focuses on women’s health.
Women can keep a healthier heart by following the guidelines of health.gov, which include maintaining a BMI of 20-25, exercising 30 minutes per day for 5 days/week (60 minutes to lose weight), sleeping 7-8 hours per day, not smoking and avoiding opiates. Women have 15 warning signs of a heart attack that are different than for a man including anxiety, sleep disturbances and unusual fatigue lasting for several days.
Women have hormonal changes monthly before periods, during and after a pregnancy, premenopause and during menopause. A physician consultation may be of help, as well as a healthy diet and aerobic exercise. Because the hormones can produce emotional difficulties, a mental health provider consultation and possible therapy may be helpful.
In addition, according to Steve Penkhus, M.D., a woman needs to have a pelvic exam and a mammogram on a timetable recommended by her physician, a colon screening after age 50, and to limit alcohol to one drink daily to help prevent breast cancer.
I hope with this column, that you, our readers, will learn something about health-related subjects that would help guide you along your journey to feeling as well as possible.
Please send questions or comments to FoxB@BodyandSoulTherapy.com and we will provide helpful information, not specific medical advice.
The Seabrook Island Health Professionals Group is composed of active and retired healthcare professionals. Any healthcare professionals are welcome to join the monthly meetings the 1st Thursday of each month, 5-7 p.m. at the Lakehouse.