(CARLSBAD, CA) – Listen up, women around the globe! It’s time to take charge of your personal health and wellness. Women are more likely than men to suffer from heart disease, osteoarthritis, obesity, and depression. Yet, the latest stats show that we’re not taking care of ourselves!
The U.S. National Institute of Health reports that women tend to focus on their partner’s and children’s health, neglecting their own well-being in the process. Tight budgets and busy schedules make it even more tempting to forego preventative medicine. Yet, early detection is vital when it comes to most health concerns.
Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests adding these checkups to your annual “to do” list:
• Basic Physical – Start off your healthy habits with a complete annual physical from your primary care physician. Your doctor can detect early signs of various health maladies and get you on the fast track to overall health and wellness.
• Mammogram – Although a recent government advisory panel recommends regular mammograms starting at age 50, most cancer organizations suggest starting at age 40. Get a mammogram every two years, or every year if you have a family history of breast cancer.
• Skin Check – Skin cancer plagues more than one million Americans every year. While it’s important to look for suspicious moles on your own, an annual head-to-toe exam from your dermatologist is a must do, since your doctor is trained to look for skin abnormalities.
• Pap Smear – Get a pap smear at least every other year to check for cervical cancer. A pap test can actually detect precancerous lesions before cervical cancer develops. The Center for Disease Control reports a decline of up to 60 percent in cervical cancer among women who utilize precancer screening options.
• Dental Exam – Believe it or not, inflamed gums increase your risk for heart disease. In addition to your regular dental cleanings, ask for a full periodontal exam conducted by your dentist once per year.
• Blood Tests – If you’re under forty, you need a blood test to check cholesterol levels about once every five years. Starting at age forty, get your cholesterol checked annually. A regular blood test can determine your total cholesterol level. If it’s over 240, ask for a complete blood lipid profile that indicates the break down of HDL and LDL cholesterols.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.