17 Aug 2020

Take Care of Yourself and Your Health This Women’s Month

By Episodic

August is Women’s Month and a 31-day celebration of the women who have helped shape South Africa. While women continue to be a powerful force for change in their families, communities and country, they are often so busy nurturing others that they tend to neglect themselves.

This Women’s Month, Episodic Health is urging women to take care of themselves too. Here are some of the actions they can put in place:

  • Get regular check-ups. Visiting your doctor routinely means they can monitor your health and advise you on how best to care for yourself while you care for your loved ones.
  • Reduce your risk of breast cancer. Research shows that lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of breast cancer, even in women at high risk. As breast cancer is the leading cancer affecting women in South Africa, with 1 in 25 women at risk of being diagnosed in their lifetime1, simple things like limiting your alcohol consumption, being active and avoiding 1 exposure to radiation and environmental pollution can go a long way towards stopping you from becoming a statistic.
  • Up your calcium and vitamin D intake. With 1.4 million South African women aged 50 and over suffering from osteoporosis2, its crucial to try and prevent this physically debilitating 2 disease as early as possible. One of the ways that you can do so is through diet and ensuring that you eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D such as broccoli, milk, figs and fatty fish like wild-caught salmon.
  • Be heart smart. Did you know that, in South Africa, deaths from cardiovascular diseases amongst women aged 35 to 59 is one and a half times more likely than that of women in the United States3? With this in mind, it’s important to maintain a healthy body mass index, 3 don’t smoke, lower your cholesterol and get your blood pressure under control.
  • Make sure you have the best maternity care. Having adequate care before, during and after childbirth can not only save your life but that of your new-born too.

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