It is December and that means snow, lights, trees, parties, presents and holiday cheer. It also means that New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. Have you started making your 2014 New Year’s resolutions yet? Perhaps you should. There are three important women’s health resolutions you can make this year that will provide for a happier, healthier new year.
Resolution #1: Get to your doctor for a women’s well visit. Your annual pelvic examination is a perfect opportunity for your physician to check for signs of infection or any other abnormalities in the pelvic area. It is also a great time to check in with your doctor regarding your overall health and to discuss any issues you may have. At this time, your physician can recommend any additional screening tests as appropriate. This may include a mammogram, Pap or bone density test. Visiting your doctor for regular checkups is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard your health and prevent serious medical problems. If you have not been to your doctor for an annual examination in over a year, put it on your list for the New Year!
Resolution #2: Manage your weight. Achieving and maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) is another important resolution you can make for the new year. If you are overweight or underweight, it puts you at risk for a number of health issues. Being overweight or obese can increase your risks for a number of serious health issues including Diabetes, Heart Disease and certain types of cancers. Being underweight can put you at risk for a number of health issues including anemia and osteoporosis. This does not mean that you have to go and start one of those fad diets. Instead, talk to your doctor about the healthy changes you can make and maintain over time that will help you reach your goals.
Resolution #3: Manage your stress level. Stress is a problem for most Americans today and can contribute to a number of serious health issues including heart disease, a lowered immune system, headaches and more. Exercising, meditating and spending time on hobbies are all things you can do to help manage your stress level. If stress is negatively affecting your health, talk to your physician about ways that you can better manage the stress in your life.
These three important women’s health resolutions can help you to have a healthier and happier new year!
Posted on behalf of Carlos Alarcon, M.D., Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.