Judith K. Harvey, M.D, a physician at Family Medicine of Yakima offers her three favorite tips:
Exercise! Better than any pill, exercise relieves stress and anxiety, helps a person sleep, helps maintain weight, and ultimately makes day-to-day living a little easier.
Eat well. Focus on fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and lean meats.
Floss your teeth. Oral hygiene plays a crucial role in overall health.
Dr. Harvey stresses that most of the measures women need to take to maintain optimum health are fairly simple, common sense practices. It is also pointed out that it's never too late to start.
Take the time to visit your health care provider and get a simple check up. Learn your cholesterol, your weight, and your blood pressure. If these numbers aren't what they should be, talk about what you can do to get them in a healthy range.
Share your concerns and ask questions. Be sure to discuss the following:
Family History - know health issues and causes of death for your siblings, parents, and grandparents.