BBC Physician Offers Tips About Women’s Health

December 26, 2012

A member of the Bronson Battle Creek medical staff will uncover for women the facts and myths about diet/fiber, exercise, what to eliminate, the importance of hydration, bone health, managing stress, work-home-play balance, attitude, and sleep.  Though focused on women, the presentation should be of interest to men as well.

Mahmood Siddiqui, M.D., a gynecologist and obstetrician with the Bronson OB/GYN Capital Avenue SW medical group, will offer a special presentation about ‘Women’s Health—Preventive Care’ on Thursday. January 17, at Burnham Brook Center.  

The program is part of Senior Health Partners’ ongoing ‘Aging Well’ series, which is free to the public.  A light luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Siddiqui’s presentation at noon. Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free 1-877- 462-2247.

Men and women have similar health issues, but they can affect women differently.  Physically women’s bodies are shaped so they can give birth and nurture children.  But whether a woman has children or not, her reproductive system can create challenges throughout her life.

Women also have special dietary and nutrition needs that differ from men’s.  When certain vitamins and minerals are depleted, women seem to suffer more often from osteoporosis, a loss of bone density making them susceptible to broken bones.

Because of poor diet, women are prone to obesity, which can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and sleep apnea.  Since women often focus their concerns on their spouse or children, they can overlook their own health needs.  Taking time to look after yourself is essential.

Senior Health Partners is a community collaboration founded by Bronson Battle Creek and includes the Area Agency on Aging, CentraCare, and Summit Pointe all working together around the shared mission of improving the health and wellness of older adults and family caregivers.

It is important for women (and men) to exercise daily; eat a healthy, balanced diet low in fat, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoid smoking.  

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer. 

About the Presenter
Mahmood Siddiqui, M.D. was awarded his medical degree from Deccan College of Medical Sciences in India.  He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Methodist where he was chief resident.  He is board eligible in obstetrics and gynecology.

He recently joined the newly created Bronson OB/GYN Capital Avenue SW medical group.  He specializes in all types of hysterectomies including vaginal laparoscopic and daVinci (computer-assisted robotic surgeries), as well as treating abnormal vaginal bleeding, endometriosis, infertility, pelvic organ prolapse, and menopause.


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