5 Important Health Screenings for Women

HI #GYNEGIRLS AND #PREGGOS!

It’s Dr. DRAI- I’m back. Now you know I want to make sure that you ladies are taking good care of yourselves and doing everything that you can to prevent disease. Taking your health is of the utmost importance and one way to do this is to get routine screenings that look at various aspects of your health, from your blood pressure and cholesterol to your stamina and physical health. Here are some of the more important health screenings that women should get:

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Checks

These are two simple screenings that everyone should get done regularly, especially if you are a woman. In fact, women often have a higher risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions, so you should start these tests around age 18-20. Blood pressure and cholesterol are now checked during the pediatric years. Your doctor may request to perform the test each year if you are at high risk, or do them every few years when you go in for routine blood work. Both blood pressure and cholesterol can affect your heart health and overall health, so don’t skip this one.

Breast Screenings

As a woman, one of the riskiest cancers for you is breast cancer. While men can get breast cancer, most people who get this type of cancer are women. You should get various types of breast screenings to look for signs of cancer. The first is a basic type of breast exam, where the doctor or nurse will look for signs of bumps or lumps on your breast, including examining your armpits and areolas for irregular patterns or colors. You should also get a mammogram each year starting between 40 and 50 years old, according to your doctor’s guidelines.

Pap Smears

Though getting pap smears is not the most comfortable, it is necessary to ensure there are no infections or abnormalities that can lead to cancer or other complications. Most women need pap smears yearly but follow your doctor’s orders.

Osteoporosis Screenings

One of the more common medical conditions women need to be careful about is osteoporosis. This is when you lose some of your bone density, which can easily happen with women as they age. You need to focus on diet and nutrition, as well as proper exercise to help prevent osteoporosis. You can also get early treatment by getting osteoporosis screenings periodically. This often includes getting a bone density scan, then following that up with x-rays of your bones. 

Blood Glucose Tests

Finally, as a woman, you might be at risk for diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can occur at any time during your life, whether you are at high risk for it or not. It is important to get routine blood work, including checking your blood glucose levels, so you know whether or not you have pre-diabetes or if you have diabetes now and need to get it treated.

The key to taking charge of your health is prevention. Getting your regular preventative exams and tests can help identify things early and fix problems before it’s too late. Until next time #GYNEGirls and #Preggos…

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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