Mother's day - help your mum look after common women's health issues

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, you might be looking at ways you can treat the women in your lives that are important to you, whether that’s your Mum, Grandmother or a friend. As well as treating them (shop our Mother’s Day gifts here), why not help them stay on top of their health?

We’ve put together our top tips on important women’s health issues, and ways you can help:

From making sure you both are eating well and exercising, to helping them reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes or having an overall health check, here’s how we can help with any health worries you may have.

Women’s Health Watch Outs:

Eating well and exercising:

We all need to make sure we eat well and exercise. But sometimes we can fall into bad habits without meaning to. Why not take the time to go over both of your diet and exercise plans to make sure they’re as healthy as they can be? Here’s a quick reminder of the basics to remember:

  • Make sure you’re getting your 5 a day – eating a variety of fruit and vegetables helps you get your daily intake of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
  • Cut down on salt – eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure, increasing the chance of stroke as well as heart and kidney problems. The recommended maximum daily intake of salt is just 1 heaped teaspoon (about 6g).
  • Eat more oily fish – we should all be aiming for at least 2 portions of fish a week including at least 1 portion of oily fish. These are high in omega-3 fats and fish is a good source of protein.
  • Make sure to hit the weekly activity guidelines – the NHS recommends you aim to be active every day, do strengthening exercises twice a week and at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week.

New to exercising, or been inactive for a while? Here’s our advice on healthy ways to start exercising.

Reducing the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:

Our risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases as we age. It usually develops in people over 40, the symptoms of it aren’t always obvious, can develop slowly and go unnoticed. It can be treated successfully with a healthy, balanced diet and physical activity.

If you’re worried about your Mum’s risk of developing type 2, encourage her try our online risk assessment particularly if one or more of the following applies:

  • She has a high BMI
  • She has an increased waist measurement (above 80cm)
  • She has family history of type 2 diabetes
  • She has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • She has had gestational diabetes

She has high blood pressure, heart disease or has had a heart attack or stroke

For more advice on other women’s health issues, click here.