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As women age, health concerns evolve. Between juggling family, work, and personal responsibilities, it's easy to put off addressing those concerns. At UHealth, we understand that life can be overwhelming. That's why we're here to help you prioritize your health so you can be the best version of yourself and be there for your loved ones.
Did you know?
- Two out of every three caregivers in the United States are women.
- About 20 to 80 % of women develop uterine fibroids by the time they reach age 50.
- Perimenopause, the transition to menopause, usually starts in a woman's mid- to late 40s.
We offer preventative care, comprehensive screenings, and diagnostic tests so you can make well-informed healthcare choices. If you have specific health concerns, our multidisciplinary team provides expert care in various medical specialties. In addition, our Women’s Nurse Coordinators are here to guide you through your healthcare journey, answering questions and coordinating your care.
Digestive Health for Optimal Well-being
Our team of gastrointestinal specialists focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various digestive issues, offering personalized care for women experiencing:
- Acid reflux and heartburn
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Colorectal cancer screening and prevention
- Food intolerance
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
Nourish Your Body, Fuel Your Life
Proper nutrition is essential for overall health, and our registered dietitians are here to help you create a personalized nutrition plan. Our nutrition services cater to women with diverse needs, such as:
- Weight management and healthy eating strategies
- Menopause-related nutrition support
- Managing dietary concerns related to medical conditions
- Vegetarian, vegan, and other specialized diets
Strengthen Your Emotional Well-beingOur behavioral health specialists understand women's unique challenges and are dedicated to helping you build resilience and manage your mental health. We provide support for common concerns such as:
- Anxiety, depression, and stress management
- Relationship issues and life transitions
- Eating disorders and body image concerns
- Menopause-related emotional health
Your Partner in Health and Prevention
Our primary care physicians are here to provide comprehensive and preventative care, addressing your unique health needs at every stage of life. We offer services such as:
- Annual physical exams and health screenings
- Immunizations and travel medicine
- Chronic disease management (e.g., diabetes, hypertension)
- Urgent care for acute illnesses and injuries
Expert Care for Female Reproductive Health
Our experienced gynecologists offer compassionate and personalized care to address a wide range of women's reproductive health concerns, including:
- Annual well-woman exams
- Birth control consultations
- Menopause management and hormone therapy
- Diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and other reproductive health issues
- Screening and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Comprehensive Care for Women's Breast Health
Breast cancer risk rises after age 40, so it is essential to begin monitoring your breast health. Our experts offer a full range of breast health services, including:
- Breast cancer prevention and early detection strategies
- Clinical breast exams
- Mammograms and advanced breast imaging
- Breast cancer risk assessments and genetic testing
- Diagnosis and treatment of breast conditions, such as fibrocystic breasts, breast pain, and nipple discharge
As a patient, you also get direct access to the world-renowned breast oncologists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Tips for Healthy Living in your Forties
Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider are crucial for the early detection and prevention of age-related health issues. These visits should include routine screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, breast cancer, and cervical cancer, among others.
A balanced diet is crucial as metabolism slows down. Opt for nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Practice portion control and focus on making healthy choices most of the time.
Incorporate aerobic exercise and strength training into your routine to maintain muscle mass, improve cardiovascular health, and support bone density. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week.
Cardiovascular disease risk increases with age, particularly for women. Be mindful of your heart health by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This includes managing stress, eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking.
Women are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis as they age. To maintain bone health, consume a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, engage in weight-bearing exercises, and consider supplements under the guidance of your healthcare provider.
Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Establish a consistent sleep schedule and relaxing bedtime routine. Limit screen time before bed and invest in a comfortable sleep environment.
Develop healthy coping mechanisms, such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, or engaging in hobbies. Prioritize self-care and seek professional help if needed.
Make time for self-reflection, self-care, and social connections. Reach out to friends and family for support. Seek professional help for anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges.
Cultivate meaningful relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. Make time for social interactions and surround yourself with positive people who encourage your growth.