For women of reproductive age, ages 15–44, some of the most common chronic diseases are depression, hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes. Chronic diseases can be on-going such as diabetes or they can be reoccurring, such as with depression.
I challenge you to take ownership of your own overall health. Don’t put your health decisions in the hands of other people who want you to believe that all you need to do is buy certain products or have certain tests to have a long, healthy life.
Think about what you can do to manage your entire body’s health, including that of your breasts, and become an empowered woman.
For me, an empowered woman is a woman who is willing to ask questions and not take no for an answer. It's a woman who owns her body and her health, and trusts her own intuition and her gut.
I am an empowered woman when I keep doing what I do every day by helping women lead healthier and happier lives, and giving women access to be an empowered woman themselves through the resources on EmpowHER.
When you’re asked to “think pink”, take a deeper dive. Think about what you can do to become an empowered woman.
Make Good Lifestyle Choices:
Does your lifestyle support good health? Do you maintain a healthy weight and eat a healthy diet? Do you get regular physical exercise? If you smoke, are you prepared to stop for the sake of your health?
Do you lie to your doctors? Whether you leave out small details, or forget to mention the herbal supplements you are taking, or deliberately misstate the number of alcoholic drinks you have in a week, you are undercutting your doctor’s ability to take the best care of you.
So own up to whatever is going on. If you smoke, say so. Your doctor may not approve, but he or she will appreciate your honesty.
Build Strong Medical Provider Relationships:
Do you avoid going to the doctor? Regular checkups and preventive screenings help you maintain your health.
Know your family health history and health risks. Know the recommendations for your age group.