What does it mean to "be well?" It is the condition of having good physical and mental health. But more than that, wellness means being able to enjoy life. Recent studies have shown nearly 80 percent of illnesses affecting Americans today are preventable. Houston Methodist offers women's health services to help you stay or become a member of the healthy minority.
Our health care providers can craft personalized solutions that aim to get you into the best physical and mental health you can achieve. We offer important diagnostic tests for women, including bone density scans and mammograms, as well as complete health screening packages to provide convenience for the busy working woman. We provide wellness coaching, massage therapy, acupuncture, workshops and other services to help you relieve stress and feel your best. Our team of dedicated, knowledgeable professionals does more than work for you – they care about you, using their skills to help you make permanent positive lifestyle changes. We offer the following services:
- Women's health screenings
- Weight management
- Diabetes diagnosis and treatment
- Digestive diseases
- More wellness services
Here are some simple steps you can take toward achieving overall wellness:
- Observe federal dietary guidelines
- Limit your intake of saturated fats and oils
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet
- Stop smoking
- Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator (and other forms of regular exercise)
- Manage stress through relaxation techniques
Women's Health Screenings
For working women, personal wellness may take a back seat to tight schedules and a never-ending to-do list — yet good health is especially essential for helping you keep up with your hectic pace! Houston Methodist offers specially tailored health assessment packages for those with busy lives and little time.
Screenings include medical exams, lab tests, vision and hearing tests, and a review of your health history by a doctor. We examine your fitness and lifestyle to help you make positive health choices that suit your needs and schedule. Also available are digital mammogram screening and bone density scan (age specific), a table massage, a healthful meal and a private room. Travel immunizations, flu shots and stress consultations can be added to customize your assessment and wellness package. For your convenience, all screenings are typically scheduled for a single day and are conducted with comfort, privacy and first-class service. Houston Methodist’s preventive health care program provides you with access to primary, specialty and subspecialty medical consultants in a package designed to fit your unique needs and enhance your ongoing medical care. You will receive an exceptional level of personal attention and quality medical care from highly respected physicians and other health providers at Houston Methodist.
Being overweight has become an epidemic in the United States, where about 66 percent of all adults are overweight or obese. For women in particular, the risk of becoming overweight or obese continues to grow. In fact, over the past decade, obesity has become 15 percent more prevalent among women. If you are one of the many struggling to control your weight, you are not alone and our experts can help.
Diagnosing and Treating Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond to insulin, a hormone that enables cells to absorb glucose and use it as energy. It is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, approximately 9.1 million, or 8.9 percent, of all women in the United States have diabetes. However, about a third of them do not know it.
At Houston Methodist, we are taking steps to increase awareness of this often-hidden disease. The Houston Methodist diabetes education program has been nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association as an effective means to actively prevent diabetes. Houston Methodist uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat all forms of diabetes-related disorders to give you the normal, healthy life you deserve.
Although there is currently no cure for diabetes, it is possible to prevent it. The first step is recognizing the symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, you should seek help from a medical professional:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Abnormal hunger
- Sudden weight loss
- Dry skin and frequent infections
- Slow-healing cuts or wounds
Although digestive diseases often seem harmless, if not treated promptly and properly, some of them can escalate into serious problems. Every year, an estimated 14 million people are hospitalized because of digestive diseases, proving the importance of diagnosing and addressing symptoms with the highest standard of care.
When it comes to digestive diseases, highly trained experts at Houston Methodist strive for excellence. Houston Methodist employs the latest technology to provide comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment for patients experiencing digestive disorders. Methods include minimally invasive surgery, endoscopy, hernia repair and treatment of malignant disorders such as cancer.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common, and frequently reported, digestive disorders affecting women. This condition occurs when one of the body's normal functions, such as intestinal movement, is impaired, causing sensitivity to certain foods. Although it may lead to discomfort, IBS is usually treatable with the proper diet, stress management and, in some cases, prescribed medication.
Some common symptoms of IBS include the following conditions:
- Abdominal pain
More Wellness Services
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Houston Methodist provides wellness programs at the following convenient locations.