Things Every Woman Should Know About Supporting Their Overall Health

As natural caregivers, women often put the needs of others before their own, letting their physical and mental health slip to the bottom of their to-do lists. National Women’s Health Week is the perfect time for women and girls to make their health a priority. 

At Signature Women’s Healthcare, in Lawrenceville and Lithonia, Georgia, our board-certified OB/GYNs, Jacquline Hayles-Patterson, MD and Tyndal M. Jones, MD, want to help you put your health first by providing you with the information you need about how to stay healthy. 

To that end, our team curated this information guide with the things every woman should know about supporting their overall health.

The importance of regular healthcare visits

With all you have on your plate, it can be easy to skip routine healthcare visits and wait to see your provider when you’re sick or experiencing problematic symptoms. But routine visits support your overall health and wellness by keeping you on the right track and catching any issues before they start or spread.  

Women’s health concerns

It’s important to make and keep annual visits with both your primary care doctor and your gynecologist at Signature Women’s Healthcare. Your primary care provider ensures you’re on schedule for regular screenings, like colonoscopies, and other essential preventive care, like immunizations and boosters. 

At Signature Women’s Healthcare, we know women also have unique needs specific to being female. Our providers have the experience and skill necessary to help identify and treat women’s reproductive health concerns, including common issues like:

We also screen and treat for sexually transmitted diseases, which disproportionately affect women, provide information about contraception, and can help with urinary tract and bladder infections. 

The role of lifestyle on women’s health

Routine healthcare screenings are an essential part of supporting your wellness, but your lifestyle choices are a critical aspect of your overall health. Here’s a closer look at some of the ways you can boost your health so you can keep up with the demands of your busy life.

Choose a healthy diet

The food you eat plays an integral role in your wellness, and depending on the choices you make, your diet can positively or negatively impact your overall health. Good nutrition and adequate hydration are critical in supporting your immune system, a healthy heart, and a functioning body. 

For optimal health, avoid processed foods, added sugars, and saturated fats. Instead, base your diet around heart-healthy plant foods, like dark leafy greens, colorful vegetables and fruits, lean proteins (e.g., legumes, beans, and tofu), and whole grains. Aim to drink plenty of water and eliminate or reduce your intake of alcohol and sugary beverages.  

Get and stay active

Exercise not only helps your body function at its best, but it also helps you maintain a healthy weight and boosts your mental health. Women should pay special attention to strength training and weight-bearing exercise to help prevent osteoporosis. 

Talk to your provider at Signature Women’s Healthcare for help getting started with an exercise plan, or follow the recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services: 

Be sure to choose activities you enjoy to make it easier to stick with your exercise plan!

Don’t ignore mental health

Good mental health is a key part of supporting your overall health. Yet about 20% of American women struggle with a mental health condition, like anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. While it can be hard to talk about, discussing any mood or mental health struggles with your caring provider at Signature Women’s Healthcare can be the first step toward getting better. 

When you’re in control of your mental health, you’re better able to cope with your daily demands and overcome any health hurdles that come your way. Here are some mental health tips:

Learn more about women’s health by calling the Signature Women’s Healthcare office nearest you or booking an appointment online today!

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