I got a phone call from a friend who told me she just hasn’t been feeling well. The first thing I asked was, “Did you go to the doctor?”.
She told me no, so immediately I thought it was psychological and asked her what was bringing her down. I was surprised to find mentally she felt great it was physically she wasn’t. Well what surprised me is that she hadn’t been to a doctor!
I’m going to speak to the women on the list right now. Ladies, most of us are often the first line of defense when protecting our family’s health. That can lead to us putting our concerns on the back burner.
Let’s get into some quick tips that can help keep us happy and healthy as we juggle everyday responsibilities.
1. Get Breast Cancer Screenings Every 1 – 2 years…
1 in 8 women in the USA will be diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and this risk increases with age.
Mammograms are the best way to screen for breast cancer, especially during the early stages. The good news is that breast cancer can usually be treated successfully when found early.
Medicare covers a free yearly screening.
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2. Routine Pap Exams Are The Best Way To Detect Cervical Cancer…
Known as the “silent killer,” cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for American women, but thanks to widespread use of the Pap test, early detection has significantly improved and boosted survival rates.
Cervical cancer may not have any signs or symptoms, so it’s recommended women ages 21 to 65 get routine test about every 3 years.
Medicare covers cervical and vaginal cancer screenings once every 24 months or every 12 months if you are at high risk.
3. Exercise Will Improve Your Overall Health…
This is something I struggle with. And just 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate exercise a week could improve not only our physical but also mental health.
Being active helps improve moods and reduce feelings of depression. It can also help manage diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
4. Focus On Your Mental Health…
Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental illness, depression being one of the most common. There’s often confusion around what exactly depression is, especially since many older adults experience major changes in their life like the death of loved ones or medical problems that could cause sadness.
The difference is that the feeling is only temporary. If your feelings of sadness begin to interfere with daily life and normal functioning, you may be experiencing depression.
Start by speaking with your doctor and determine if a Medicare depression screening is right for you.
5. Healthy Eating Can Prevent Serious Health Conditions…
So this is the second most difficult thing for me on this list!
Proper nutrition is essential for our body. As we get older we lose muscle mass, bone density, and burn fewer calories. It takes extra effort to make up for the natural changes of our body which is why eating high nutrient foods make a big difference.
Decreased bone density can result in one of the major health concerns affecting about 8 million women, osteoporosis, due to calcium deficiencies in diet. So get your bone density test and add some calcium to your diet.
My mom always used to say, men retire but a woman never does. They still take care of the family as well as the home. But health should be a top priority. So if you aren’t feeling well and it is something out of the ordinary please take care of yourself and see a doctor.
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