Women’s Health

Women have a unique set of issues when it comes to their health. While women can be affected by many of the same issues found in men, women face their own challenges that can often go without the attention they deserve. Some of the more common diseases are diagnosed in women more often than men such as osteoporosis and urinary tract issues.
Women not only face some of the same health concerns that men do, but they also have significant health events that are specific for women. For example, reproductive health, birth control and pregnancy are often major concerns for women from the age of menstruation to menopause. Choosing birth control methods and discussing fertility are not always easy conversations but so important when talking to your healthcare provider.

Common issues for women that should be addressed as well checked for are:

Heart Disease

This is the leading cause of death for women because the symptoms are not as noticeable as they are in men and the warning signs are not always as typical. Some of the atypical signs can be jaw pain, an ache in the shoulder and nausea.

Depression & Anxiety

Mental health for women can often be swept under the rug or overlooked. Sometimes hormone fluctuations, menopause or postpartum can cause these issues and should be looked after with special care.

Cancer

More than 250,000 women lose their lives to cancer each year. Early detection is often a life saving key from the point of diagnosis all the way to treatment. Mammograms are especially important in the role of early detection for breast cancer and pap smears are important for early detection of cervical or ovarian cancer.

Autoimmune Disease

Although this can affect both genders, women are generally the ones diagnosed far more often than men.  Up to 75% of autoimmune diseases occur in women. Signs that you could be affected include: fatigue, low grade fevers, rashes, and pain. Due to the symptoms sometimes being broad ranged or overlapping, it may take multiple visits and extensive work to rule out other medical issues before coming to a conclusive diagnosis.

As a woman, taking care of your health is extremely important when planning to live a long, healthy and vibrant life. Ways to ensure a healthy lifestyle would be managing your daily routines to incorporate a healthy diet, daily exercise, and avoiding unhealthy habits.  Cutting back your alcohol consumption, avoiding smoking, eating nutritious meals, walking a mile a day, or even reducing your sugar intake can be a few ways to improve your overall state of being.

Once we develop poor routines or unhealthy habits, we often feel that it’s too late to get back to a vigorous lifestyle. It’s never too late to improve your health! It all starts with seeing your physician to help you get back on to the road of wellness and living the best life you can live today!

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