Anchor: Well, it’s National Women’s Health Week, a perfect time to discuss important health topics related to how women can be the best and
the healthiest versions of themselves. Dr. Angela McLean with Peoples Health joins us now to crack some myths that are commonly associated with women’s health and also to put me to the test. We have a quiz coming up. I haven’t had a quiz for a long time. Alright, we’ll check it out. Well first of all how… How often should women get checkups? Dr. McLean: Well a lot of it depends on you know whether or not you’ve already established with a primary care physician Because that way you know you just never know if you need to come in for an emergency, but in general There’s some age related health screenings that you want to make sure for example, a colonoscopy at age 50. If you have childbearing age you may want to come in and get a check-up just to make sure you’re in good health. Anchor: So you’re talking about some of the myths today and in order to get that point across You’re going to test me on some things, and this is a real test. So hit me with your best shot Dr. McLean: Okay, so myth number one. Breast and Ovarian cancer are the greatest threats to women’s health. True or False? Anchor: I would say that is false. Dr. McLean: Correct. Anchor: I’ve learned that it’s heart disease. I really did learn that. So is that true? Dr. McLean: Yeah, that’s absolutely correct.
Number one killer heart disease. So again getting your cholesterol checked and make sure you maintain ideal body weight. Make sure you don’t have other risk factors like diabetes and not smoking. Anchor: Alright. Ok, let’s do the next one. Dr. McLean: “Ok! Number two. Every woman should be taking a multivitamin each day to ensure they are receiving the proper amount of nutrients. True or False? Anchor: Hmm. I would say true.
But I don’t think you have to. Dr. McLean: Well it’s false. Anchor: It’s false. See, so I was right, but I just put up the wrong one. I don’t think you actually have to
take a multivitamin, right? Dr. McLean: Right. Exactly. Actually you can get the majority of all the nutrients you need with a nice well-balanced diet. So one thing to remember is if you’re of childbearing age And you want to make sure that your young child doesn’t have any neural tube defects That’s what we supplement with folic acid and even if you’re pregnant if you eat a very well-balanced diet, you should be in great shape. Anchor: Alright. We’ll check out another. Dr. McLean: Ok. Number three. Calcium intake and moderate strength training exercises when you’re young, help you avoid osteoporosis later in life. Anchor: True. Dr. McLean: Absolutely true. Yeah, so one of the things you want to do particularly to help prevent osteoporosis, We talk about weight-bearing exercises.
So just walking is ideal. Anchor: Okay perfect. You’ve got room for one more? Dr. McLean: And we’ve got one more. Women are less likely to experience stress than men. True or false? Anchor: Less likely? Dr. McLean: Less likely. Anchor: False. Dr. McLean: Very good! You passed the test.
Anchor: Because I’m a woman! Dr. McLean: So men and women really you know experience stress equally so just making sure you do things, make sure, you know relaxation techniques, reading, walking, all of those things to help with stress. Anchor: And get your checkups whenever you can. Alright, Dr. Angela McLean, thanks so much for joining us. That was fun!