Women's Health Concerns

Monday, February 25, 2013

As women grow older, their health needs change. Dr. Edward Hill discusses womens health concerns in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In 1900, the life expectancy for a typical woman was about 50 years old. The life expectancy for women today is in the mid-80s.

The modern woman has many different health issues than women at the turn of the last century. During a womans young adulthood, reproductive health is important.

Women need regular evaluations from their obstetrician/gynecologist or family physician that include birth control, management of pregnancy and pregnancy-related illnesses and routine screens for cervical and breast cancer.

As women age beyond their reproductive years, their health needs change. Other types of cancer become more common. Heart disease is still the greatest killer of women in this country.

Women need heart health care including management of weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and screens for diabetes. Physical activity, weight maintenance and a heart-healthy diet are important in preventing the development of heart disease.

By age 40, healthy women need to establish a relationship with a medical doctor, either family medicine or internal medicine physician.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.