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National Women's Health Week Aims to Make Health a Priority for All Women

05-12-2017

We all want to be healthy, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, or it might even feel like it’s too late. This month, from May 14 to May 20, Frederick Regional Health System is proud to support National Women’s Health Week. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, this week of awareness aims to let women know that now is the perfect time to start working on becoming the healthiest version of yourself. Regardless of where you are in life, there are steps you can take to take control of your health and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

To participate in National Women’s Health Week, get involved on social media using the hashtag #NWHW or join the National Women’s Health Week Thunderclap. Want to learn about your health style? Take the National Women’s Health quiz to find out if you’re living your healthiest life. For questions and information regarding women’s health services, please contact our Women’s Health Department.

Prioritizing Health at Every Age

Women in their 20s may think it’s too early to start worrying about their overall health, while women in their 50s or 60s may be more concerned with theirs. The truth is that it’s never too early or too late to start taking care of yourself.

There are some health tips that are universal regardless of your age, such as getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day and getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night. It’s important to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight. For healthy food options, check out www.choosemyplate.gov. Avoid smoking, or get help quitting, and limit your alcohol use to one drink or less a day. When riding a bike or playing sports, wear a helmet or protective gear. To protect yourself and others, don’t text and drive.

While these tips apply to women of all ages, age can play a role in which steps you should prioritize when considering your overall health.

Women in Their 20s

If you’re in your 20s, it’s important to try to take 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid every day. When talking to your doctor, discuss whether you plan on having children in the next year or discuss birth control options that are right for you. Women in their 20s should talk to their doctors about how to protect themselves from the sun and the hazards of tanning. Melanoma and skin cancers are some of the most common cancers that impact young adults.

Women ages 26 and younger should ask their doctor if they need to take an HPV test, while those over the age of 21 should ask if they need a Pap test. Ask your doctor if you should be tested for any sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Women in Their 30s

Like women in their 20s, women in their 30s should take 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid every day. They should also talk to their doctor about whether or not they plan on having children in the next year or the right birth control for them. Talk to your doctor about any violence that exists in your life, depression or mental health concerns that you may be dealing with, and your family health history. Ask your doctor about getting tested for sexually transmitted infections.

Women in Their 40s

If you’re a premenopausal woman in your 40s, continue taking 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid each day and talk to your doctor about whether or not you plan to have children. Avoid using illegal drugs or misusing prescription drugs. Talk to your doctor about any perimenopause symptoms you may have. Ask your doctor about getting a mammogram and being tested for diabetes. Frederick Regional Health System is the first health care provider in Frederick County to offer digital mammography.

Women in Their 50s

Women in their 50s should talk to their doctor about any menopause symptoms they’re experiencing. If you’re a woman in your 50s, ask your doctor about taking low-dose aspirin and getting tested for colorectal cancer. If you’re over the age of 55, ask about being tested for lung cancer.

Women in Their 60s

If you’re a woman in your 60s, it’s important to talk to your doctor about who will make health care decisions for you if you’re no longer able to. If you’re age 65 or older, you can help to prevent falls through vitamin D and exercise. Getting the proper amount of vitamin D can increase muscle strength and reduce the loss of muscle mass in women. Women in their 60s should be tested for lung cancer, pneumonia, and shingles. Women age 65 and older should ask their doctor about being tested for osteoporosis.

Take the First Step Toward Better Health

Too often, women set their own health and well being aside for the needs of others. From May 14 to May 20, join Frederick Regional Health System in making women’s health a priority. We are proud to be able to meet the unique health needs of women in Frederick County and surrounding communities.

Please contact our Women’s Health Navigator today at 240-215-1447 or preggio@fmh.org to get started on the path to improved health and wellbeing.



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