How to Live Longer and Stay Healthy

At Women’s Health & Wellness we believe that your best chance of living as long as you can and staying healthy is a healthy lifestyle and practicing preventive health. Towards that end we are providing here some information and resources.

Osteoporosis
You can help prevent osteoporosis by tobacco cessation, regular weight-bearing exercise and having adequate calcium and vitamin D intake. Maintaining bone health starts early in life. Its important to have calcium in your daily diet as early as teenage years. More information is available at https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/

Alcohol Abuse

A glass of red wine daily has been shown to promote heart health and promote longevity. However, regular drinking becomes addictive. Heavy drinking is considered as consuming alcohol in excess of 1 drink per day for women and greater than 2 drinks per day for men. Daily alcohol can eventually destroy your vital organs as well as your social relationships and eventually, your life. If you are a regular daily drinker you probably will never be able to stop on your own. If you think you would like to take control of your drinking, and your life, talk to your healthcare provider. Check out www.cdc.gov/alcohol/faqs.htm for more information.

Breast Health – Preventing and Detecting Breast Cancer
Except for lung cancer in smoking women, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Take three simple, effective steps to care for your breasts. Monthly breast self-exams, mammograms, and professional breast exams are a great combination for finding problems early on, when they are most easily treated. Check out the American Cancer Society’s thoughts on early detection of breast cancer here.

Also, check out this link on preventing breast cancer. It includes information on diet, lifestyle and genetic factors here.