As mothers, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our family. MY health and MY concerns occupy the back seat…or rather No seat at all sometimes ;).
Leg pain, head ache, back ache or just mood swings… we tend to just pop a pill and we are back to our routine. Also, in India, it is common to visit a doctor only if we have a major ailment. Going for a routine check-up is not in the agenda.
But, remember it is time to take charge of our health seriously too!
As a woman there are many tests that need to be performed regularly. Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, we are taking steps that help our chances for living a longer, healthier life. The age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need healthcare.
Preventive health care must be planned and executed ahead of time, even when illness is absent. Most ailments requiring surgery do not occur overnight, but build up over a period of time, and in many cases, can be detected early through regular checks. The idea is to avoid severe health complications which could also take a toll on your biological, mental as well as financial health. It not just affects you, but your entire family.
Preventive health check for women include:
- When: Starting early 40s.
- How often: Two years once.
Starting 40s, your bone strength starts to deplete. There are no obvious signs of osteoporosis until you fracture a bone. Bone density screenings identify problems early, enabling you to start treatment and prevent further bone loss. NOTE: Schedule an appointment for your preventive health checkup and discuss reports with your doctor.
- When: Starting mid-30s.
- How often: Every year.
Identifying early signs of breast cancer is very important. Not all breast cancers are identified by mammograms. A through breast examination every year is required. There is no particular age in which you start this. Even women in early 20s are expected to have a regular breast check-up.
- When: Starting mid-30s.
- How often: Every year. (if found to be diabetic, then every 6 months)
Thanks to our sedentary life style, most of the women are identified with ‘pre-diabetic’. Testing for diabetes helps to provide an early warning sign of high blood sugar levels, which could mean an increased risk for diabetes. The technology is so advanced these days that you can perform this test at home. Just use the Diabetes kit and you can take preventive actions early on.
- When: Starting 20s.
- How often: Every year
A Pap test and Pelvic exam once a year is a must. Again, these tests should not be based on your age. A woman, once reaching the age of 21 is recommended to have this test at least once in every 2 years.
So ladies! Take charge of your health and be the boss (as you are always ;))