Is your health your priority?
Or does it come after your kids, work, family and home responsibilities?
Personal health takes a backseat for most women, with their hectic schedule of taking care of work, home, and all the people in their lives. This Women’s Day, make a positive change yourself and encourage around you to make “health” a priority. Ignoring health and living an unhealthy lifestyle can have bad repercussions on your health.
Women’s bodies go through so much, from hormonal ups and downs to childbirth and menopause. Today’s fast-paced lifestyles only add more hurdles when it comes to maintaining a healthy daily routine. Regular screening ensures that any health issues are identified early. Being proactive regarding your health can prevent several health problems. We highly recommend that women must take these routine medical screening tests once they have crossed 35 years of age:
1. Pelvic Examination
It is always advisable that you visit your Gynaecologist periodically and have a complete pelvic examination and a Pap smear test. Cervical cancer is a leading cause of death amongst women in India.
2. Breast Examination
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in India despite being easily identifiable. It is recommended that every woman should regularly undergo breast cancer screening with a mammogram. Early detection ensures better chances of recovery. Complete breast self-examination is also recommended every month. Examine your breasts for pain, tenderness, lump, thickening, or any discharge. Talk to your doctor if you spot anything unusual.
3. Bone Density Test
Osteoporosis is a common degenerative condition of the bones where vital minerals like calcium leach from the bones making them weak and brittle. This condition affects 80% of women and aggravates dramatically after a woman achieves menopause. This happens due to declining levels of hormone estrogen which plays a protective role on bones in women. Hence a bone density test helps to detect your bone condition.
4. Thyroid Test
Many women complain of unexplained weight gain, hair loss, brittle nails, and exhaustion. A common reason for this is an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism which controls the metabolism of the body. Get your thyroid levels checked.
5. Diabetes Screening
A blood sugar test helps to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes. Diabetes is becoming an epidemic and is being detected at a much younger age than before. Diabetes has a tremendous impact on a woman’s health and has severe long-term complications. This test is recommended if you are overweight or are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or a strong family history of diabetes.
6. Lipid Profile Tests
This test checks for good and bad cholesterol along with triglycerides and total cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a fat molecule, which is present in higher levels can get accumulated in the blood vessels and can affect the health of your heart, blood vessels, and brain.
7. Vitamin D Test
This is a vital nutrient needed for bone growth and maintenance. The most important source of vitamin D is exposure to the sun. Fatty fishes and fortified dairy products are also a good source. As we age, the tendency to synthesise this nutrient decreases.
8. Heart-Health Test
Sixty-four per cent of women who die from sudden cardiac death have no previous symptoms of this disease. The symptoms of heart disease also differ from men to women. Get your cardiac check-up done if you have a family history of hypertension, heart disease or if you’re overweight, or if you are a smoker.
From pregnancy to childbirth, menopause to cancer, as well as many other women’s health conditions is attended at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. Consult our experts, please visit the below website for more details: