Whether you are 25 or 75, women should be aware of health risks associated with their age and heredity. In honor of the 16th annual National Women’s Health Week (May 10-May 16), the government’s Office on Women’s Health has developed a guide to help women understand the steps they can take to improve their health at any age. Some steps include:
• Getting regular checkups and diagnostic exams, such as pap smears and mammograms.
• Get active and stay active to avoid obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
• Eat healthy. Make sure you’re giving your body all the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay in tip-top shape.
• Pay attention to your mental health. That includes making sure you get enough sleep and manage your stress.
• Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and excessive drinking.
To learn what additional steps you should take to be your healthiest you – at every age – check out the age-specific guide at womenshealth.gov.