Practising preventative health care is so much easier than being unwell.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” or, if you prefer “a stitch in time saves nine”.
I remember mum telling me that after she had asked me for the tenth time if I had brushed my teeth and washed my face before bed.
“Look after your skin and teeth now and they will pay you back you when you are older.”
I always put it down to Mum using her own brand of terror tactics to get our personal hygiene to a level that was acceptable in public.
Her skin was awesome so I was happy to take her advice. I have listened and complied and to this day I never go to bed before cleansing my face and brushing my teeth. I am lucky to enjoy fairly clear complexion and a full mouth of teeth. Thank you, Mum.
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Incredible. We have the power in our hands to prevent most of the diseases we can fall prey to.
Getting actively involved in your health outcomes not only empowers you but also increases the likelihood of being heard by your health care provider and having your needs met.
Be in tune with your body and its needs, listen to what it is saying. It is important to read the warning signs early. Perhaps you are constantly tired, suffer frequent headaches, have trouble sleeping, have trouble staying awake. These are not normal conditions and should be investigated further by talking with a professional.
Catching health problems early or even before they occur can save you money. You won’t need to visit the doctor as often and there is less likelihood of needing medications. A massive bonus is not having to waste time sitting in waiting rooms. One of my ultimate pet hates.
Many diseases, if caught early can be halted with health fully restored.
Talk to your doctor about putting a preventative health plan in place, now. It will help you be aware of when tests are due, what you look out for, and things you can do to keep your health on track. For this, you need to know what illnesses you are at risk of, their symptoms and how to maintain good health overall.
For women our health care plan should include but is not limited to:
- Blood pressure.
- Blood test including cholesterol test.
- Colonoscopies or Faecal Occult Blood Test to test for bowel cancer.
- Mammograms to test for breast cancer. If you are high risk include an ultrasound.
- Vaccinations including flu shots.
- A dental check up.
- Eye tests for glaucoma and macular degeneration.
- Skin cancer checks.
Keep a good relationship with your healthcare provider
You need to be able to work together to set in the best plan for you. If you are not on good terms with your doctor shop around for another. Word of mouth is the best way to seek out the good ones.
Set up healthy habits in your life:
- Don’t smoke.
- Drink in moderation, preferably red wine.
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and monounsaturated fats, moderate proteins and minimal grains and sugars.
- Excercise regularly with a mix of aerobic and strength training.
- Have regular checkups and keep up to date with your vaccinations.
- Practice some form of mindfulness.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Get at least 7-8 hours sleep.
Having all this in place will:
- Improve your quality of life.
- Reduce the time you need to be away from your everyday activities such as your work or looking after your children.
- Be less of a chore for you.
- Save you time.
Spend some time learning about your health and what women at your stage in life should be doing for not only prevention but the management of your well-being, changes in your life such as menopause, conditions such as arthritis.
There is no time like the present so get going on working these habits into your life today. Before long you will have a healthy routine in place and you can relax knowing that you are doing everything you can to prevent unwanted illnesses.
Let’s advocate for disease prevention. The alternative is a cure and so much harder to navigate.
Now that you have your health under control coach other women to do the same. Especially those who may not have the wealth of knowledge that you have spent precious time gaining.
Spread the word and help others to take control of their health journey.