This video from the Erasmus MC and NIHES Women’s Health Course in 2014 defines women’s health as a whole, distinct from and in collaboration with men’s health. Dr. Jessica C. Kiefte-de Jong, RD PhD delivered this lecture to a group of medical doctors, medical students, and public health experts who attended the course from around the world. She takes a life course approach to study the gender differences in lifestyle that exist and what impact lifestyle may have on disease development in women.

Lifestyle factors that influence health include nutrition, physical activity, Vitamin D and sunlight exposure, sleep, alcohol intake, and smoking, which are just a few of the factors that influence women’s development of diseases like cognitive impairment, breast cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

It is never too late to change your cardiometabolic profile by changing your lifestyle. However, long-term change can be difficult when unhealthy lifestyle patterns exist throughout life. For more information on behavior modification and lifestyle medicine, please watch the whole video here.

Erasmus Year: 2014

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