Top 5 Women’s Health Concerns

Women’s health concerns may be slightly different from men’s as they have to deal not only with the threat of breast and cervical cancer but also are more likely to suffer from depression.  Scientific research has made some giant steps in helping us understand and deal with the cause of many diseases by eating a healthy diet, exercising, having regular health checks and reducing stress. Here are more suggested ideas  which women can adopt to ensure a long and healthy life.

Cancer
Cancer probably tops the list of most women’s health concerns and can include lung cancer, skin cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. However the risks can be lowered by not smoking, losing excess weight, keeping active every day, eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables and limiting alcohol intake. Always use a sunscreen or cover up to protect from harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Although moderate alcohol consumption of red wine has been shown to reduce some risks, cancer of the breast, lungs, kidney and liver are increased by excessive or long-term alcohol consumption. Breast feeding is known to reduce the risk of breast cancer and regular screenings and mammograms can help detect any problems so that the disease can be diagnosed early.

Depression
Almost twice as many women as men suffer from depression and hormonal changes may be a factor. Family history of depression, stress at home or at work and the use of drugs make depression a major health concern for women. One of the best ways to beat depression is to have a reason to get up in the morning. A pet, a job or volunteering can all add to the quality of life and help sufferers get through a bad day.

Heart Disease
A leading killer for both men and women, heart disease is very preventable for those who proactively take control of their health. Eat a low-fat, high fiber diet and maintain a healthy weight by including some form of exercise on a daily basis. The occasional slip from the straight and narrow path won’t kill you, but continuing on a high fat diet with little or no exercise eventually may. Quit smoking and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure check out how natural products and a change of lifestyle can drastically lower these risk factors. If you have stress in your life, look for ways to manage it by learning some relaxation techniques and making sure that every day has some stress-free “me-time” for unwinding.

Osteoporosis
Women are at higher risk than men of this brittle bone disease which characteristically causes back pain, frailty and a humped back. It is largely preventable if people build and maintain good bone density throughout life. Eat a diet which is high in calcium and vitamin D, and includes dairy products such as low-fat yogurt and milk. Note that fat free milk is as high in calcium as full-fat milk. Those reaching menopause should consider adding a calcium supplement to their daily regimen to ensure that sufficient calcium is being received.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Much still needs to be learned about this debilitating disease but staying socially and mentally active has been shown to maintain mental awareness. Do puzzles, learn a new language, write your memoirs or take steps to learn a new hobby to keep your brain active and alert.

Overall these simple preventative measures should address the most common women’s health concerns. Understanding more about natural health and staying fit should be every women’s aim in life.

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