April 2020 Health Bulletin

Keeping healthy when lifestyle is limited

Everyone’s life has been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. Our daily lives have changed, routines out the window and capacity to be physically active massively reduced. We will all deal with these events in different ways but from a women’s health perspective there are some key factors to consider.

Try to maintain a routine, particularly with respect to meals. Being less active you should probably cut down on “pleasure foods” that provide nonessential calories and as much as possible continue to eat fresh food, ie fruit and vegetables. If you have time on your hands then look up recipes and spend time trying out new ones.

As we are now all mostly indoors it is important to keep taking Vitamin D, and consider starting Vitamin D 1000 IU daily which you can buy over-the-counter.

Try to keep as physically active as you can. This is important for your overall health and resilience and also for your muscles and bone health. Especially, if you have limited space, consider using one of the many you-tube home work-out programs. There are a large number of online yoga programs on you-tube for every level and every type of yoga. These are good for muscle strength as well as for relaxation. Think about getting together on facetime or video with friends and setting up a virtual exercise group.

Stay on your regular medications. If you are taking HRT, this is not the time to be switching to new regimens or stopping.

Most routine health checks can wait a few weeks to months such as bone density or routine mammograms. But it is important as always to continue self-breast checks.

If your doctor has ordered blood tests it is still fine to go to a private pathology collection centre to have these done. The results will still be sent to your doctor to ensure your health is being monitored.

There has been some publicity about possible approaches to protect against, or even treat COVID-19. Be mindful that these are under investigation and as yet no prescription treatments should be taken to prevent COVID-19 outside clinical trials at this time.

What are we doing at the Women’s Health Research Program?

Almost all are now working from home. Several of our group have been seconded to work on COVID-19 epidemiology and statistics. All of our Women’s Health Clinic consulting has moved to telehealth. But we are still also moving forward with our research activities to ensure our program remains strong well into the future.

Just remember:

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."

– Christopher Robin

Information provided might not be relevant to a particular person's circumstances and should always be discussed with that person's own healthcare provider.