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As you grow older, it becomes even more critical to take care of your emotional and physical well-being. If you are a woman in your 50s, you’re likely facing a number of life changes that can be stressful. Look for little ways to better manage the stress in your life, such as getting regular exercise and making time to enjoy the company of friends.
As you’ll learn by watching this video, stress management is one of the components of a breast cancer prevention plan. This oncologist explains the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and limiting your alcohol consumption. She also recommends getting regular wellness exams and mammograms.
To learn more about improving your health, schedule an appointment with a gynecologist or obstetrician at Desert West. Residents of Arrowhead, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Goodyear and surrounding communities can call us at (602) 457-6459.
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National Diabetes Awareness Month, which is November, is a good opportunity to examine your diet and find ways to improve it. Even if you don’t have diabetes, following a healthy meal plan can help you prevent it. Diabetes prevention is particularly important for expectant moms and those who are trying to become pregnant. Your obstetrician might advise you to follow a diabetes prevention diet to lower your risk of gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Remember to always consult your obstetrician before changing your diet if you are pregnant.
Choose Whole Foods
For diabetes management or prevention during pregnancy, obstetricians strongly recommend choosing whole foods instead of processed foods. Processed foods include prepackaged granola bars, muffins, cereals, doughnuts, and other baked goods. These types of foods tend to be made from highly refined ingredients, such as white flour, which have been stripped of nutrients. One of the problems with processed foods is that they cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. Those with diabetes and those who are at risk of it need to maintain stable blood sugar levels. You can accomplish this by choosing whole foods, such as whole wheat flour or oat flour instead of white flour. Instead of sugary cereals, choose old-fashioned oatmeal. Instead of white rice, choose brown rice. Likewise, instead of canned fruit, choose whole, unprocessed fruits.
Balance Your Plate
Obstetricians recommend filling half of your dinner plate with non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach, carrots, and mushrooms. One-quarter of your plate should contain starchy foods, such as whole grains or sweet potatoes. The remaining quarter should contain lean protein, such as skinless chicken, fish, and beans.
Use Substitutes for Sugar
Try to reduce the amount of sugar you consume each day. Instead of soda, reach for sparkling water flavored with lemon. Instead of adding sugar to your coffee, add a pinch of stevia. Blend frozen bananas for dessert instead of eating ice cream.
The obstetricians of Desert West Ob/Gyn are looking forward to meeting with you and discussing your dietary needs during pregnancy. Schedule an appointment by calling our practice at (602) 457-6459. We proudly provide obstetric services for women in the Arrowhead, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, and Anthem areas.
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Ovarian cancer is a disease that develops when cells in the ovaries suffer mutation and grow unchecked. Though not as common as breast cancer, ovarian cancer can cause severe ramifications for those who suffer from it. Only one-fourth of all ovarian cancer cases are identified before the cancer has traveled to other organs. The rest are detected after metastasis, which can complicate the ability to provide effective cancer care. That is why gynecologists urge women to contact their doctors should they experience any unusual symptoms that may indicate the presence of ovarian cancer. If urinary difficulties, pelvic discomfort, or a bloated stomach occur on a regular basis, consult your gynecologist.
Desert West Ob/Gyn provides comprehensive gynecological services for women in the Arrowhead, Surprise, Goodyear, and Litchfield Park communities. If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms, we can help. Call (602) 457-6459 to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist today.
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Urinary incontinence is a problem that many women try to hide from their friends and loved ones. With InTone, though, incontinence sufferers will never have to worry about accidental leakage again.
InTone treatment is a noninvasive solution to urinary incontinence. Gynecologists recommend it for women of all ages who suffer from either stress incontinence or urge incontinence. When used as directed, this treatment option can help women strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. In fact, the makers of InTone are so confident in their product’s ability to eliminate urinary incontinence that they have a money-back guarantee if no improvement is seen after 90 days of use.
Desert West Ob/Gyn can help you determine your type of urinary incontinence and the right treatment option for it. To find out how InTone could be the answer to your incontinence, call our practice at (602) 457-6459. Our gynecologists proudly serve the Avondale, Arrowhead, Anthem, and Litchfield Park communities.
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Breast cancer can develop as the result of fixed factors such as genetics or older age. What some women may not realize, though, is that they can exert a sizeable amount of control in lessening their breast cancer risk. While some components cannot be changed, others can be altered or even eliminated. The following tips highlight options women have to lower their chances of getting this disease. A gynecologist can offer additional suggestions for taking preventative action against breast cancer.
Make Exercise a Part of Your Life
Studies indicate that physical fitness is a wonderful deterrent to breast cancer. To be effective in reducing your breast cancer risk, exercise must be done on a consistent basis. By establishing a workout routine and keeping up with it, a woman may decrease her breast cancer risk by nearly a fifth of that of someone who does not participate in any type of physical activity.
Monitor Your Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for several reasons. It can ease stress on the cardiovascular system. It can alleviate the risk of type 2 diabetes. A normal weight can also lower a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer. Doctors urge post-menopausal women in particular to monitor their weight. Once menopause occurs, high levels of estrogen can build in the body from fat tissue. This estrogen can stimulate the development of breast cancer cells.
Refrain from Consuming Too Much Alcohol
Aside from what a woman eats, what she drinks can influence her risk of breast cancer as well. Research points to alcohol as a major factor in the occurrence of breast cancer. When drunk on a daily basis, alcoholic beverages can impact for the worse a woman’s chances of getting this disease. To minimize breast cancer risks, restrict or eliminate alcohol consumption.
Did you know that October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? If you are due for your clinical examination, call Desert West Ob/Gyn at (602) 457-6459. Our physicians serve the Anthem, Avondale, Goodyear, and Litchfield Park communities. To view our full range of obstetrician and gynecology services, visit our website.