Health and Beauty Go Hand in Hand

Dr. Cheryl Twu is an obstetrician/gynecologist, not the physician you expect to supply you with beauty tips.

Dr. Cheryl Twu, OB/GYN.

Dr. Cheryl Twu, OB/GYN.

But for many women their OB/GYN is their primary care doctor and often their regular visits reveal medical issues that are easily resolved and lead to better health – and beauty.

Dry skin? Limp, dull hair? Acne? Tummy fat? Fatigue?

“My younger patients worry about acne or eczema; at middle-age through menopause, there are different issues. We store more fat around the belly,” she said. “It takes good nutrition and extra effort to keep fit, especially as we age.

“I counsel patients every day on nutrition, eating smaller portions, and fitness.”

Patients who have difficulty losing weight may suffer low metabolism, possibly related to thyroid function or hormone levels. A blood test will reveal whether it’s a medical issue that can be treated or a patient who needs to work harder to be fit.

“There’s no substitute for diet and exercise,” Dr. Twu said. “Good nutrition can improve your hair, your skin, and how you feel. If you’re fit, you feel better – and look better.”

Hair thrives on protein, vitamin B6, biotin, and other nutrients. A range of skin conditions can be remedied by a diet that includes low-fat dairy products rich in Vitamin A and foods with antioxidants such as blueberries, blackberries, and other dark-colored fruits.

Nutrition is a stretch for a gynecologist, but Dr. Twu’s philosophy is that all of the body’s functions are related and patients’ concerns should be discussed and managed.