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Health Concerns For Women" - Your Health Success ezine
October 02, 2018
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Optimum Health Tip:Aches and Pains
1. Risk factors for arthritis include family history, age, previous injuries and obesity. Women are more likely to develop it than men.
2. There are more than 100 types of arthritis. If you experience symptoms, talk to your doctor so you can get appropriate treatment.
3. There are a number of conditions that cause chronic pain. From arthritis to fibromyalgia, there are different forms of treatment, so talk to your doctor today.
4. Ginger tea can help with joint pain and some say it’s as effective as over-the-counter medications.
5. Medications and natural treatments like lavender oil can help, but sometimes all you need is to increase your water intake to ease a mild headache.
6. Period pain? Try a hot water bottle, ibuprofen or some tea with fresh thyme.
7. Stretching and exercising regularly is often the best treatment for every day aches and pains.
8. If pain is keeping you from sleeping, try these tips: reduce caffeine, avoid naps, exercise early in the day and create a relaxing before bedtime routine.
9. Many chronic pain symptoms can be relieved if you are at your ideal weight. Get healthy and get rid of pain.
"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing on one's own sunshine."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours."
- Gen. Colin Powell
"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching."
- Mark Twain
REPORT: "Five Most Important Health Concerns For Women"
Men and women are different in many ways and so there are specific medical conditions unique to women that need special attention in order to maximize quality of life and to prolong life whenever possible.
In addition, women can suffer from the same diseases that are normally associated with men. These conditions, too, must be prevented or managed in order to attain a maximum healthy lifetime.
An ounce of prevention is worth a thousand cures. This old saying is never more applicable than in the case of your health and wellness.
Often, women neglect to consider their health, until it’s too late. Women have busy lives, we work, we take care of the home, kids and spouses, and often we neglect ourselves in the process.
However, imagine living a long life, well into your 80s,
enjoying your grandkids, traveling, or simply having the time to relax and do whatever you want in retirement, free of sickness and risk of death from some terminal illness.
Now consider the fact that there are so many advances in technology and a wealth of knowledge in modern medicine that living such a long and healthy life is completely possible.
More than 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. The incidence of breast cancer is less in women who are of normal weight.
If you exercise and eat food that keeps your weight down, you can minimize your chances of getting breast cancer. There are also screenings that can aid in early detection.
Important Cancer Screenings
Breast self-exam: There is controversy as to whether or not a breast self-exam is
truly of benefit; however, it doesn’t hurt to check your breasts for lumps at least once a month and to see your doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
CBE: The American Cancer Society recommends that women between the ages of 20 and 30 have CBE (clinical breast exam) that is administered by a doctor once every 3 years. At age 40 and up, the CBE is recommended to be performed once per year.
Mammograms: In addition, regular mammograms are recommended for women 40 and older once per year and should continue as long as they are in good health.
MRI and Mammogram: Women who are considered high risk for breast cancer are advised by the American Cancer Association to get an MRI and a mammogram every year.
High risk includes women who have a 20% to 25% or greater risk
for cancer in the Claus model assessment test based on these criteria:
• Have tested positive for the presence of BRCA1 or BRCA2, both of which are human genes that produce tumor suppressor proteins
Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers For Disease Control, heart disease is responsible for 29% of deaths in women every year.
The real tragedy is that the deaths are typically premature, or a heart attack ends in disability that impacts quality of life, including breathing issues while walking, using stairs, or performing any number of everyday activities due to impairment in mobility.
Statistically women are underdiagnosed when it comes to heart disease, often because both doctors and the women themselves miss the symptoms, which include nausea, and shortness of breath.
According to the American Heart Association, risk factors for heart disease include:
The key to maintaining heart health is to take action early in life because prevention is the best way to avoid heart disease.
This means making healthy lifestyle choices, like diet, exercise and not smoking to reduce the overall risks for heart related problems.
It is also important to speak with your doctor if you have any of the risks listed above to seek early intervention and appropriate medical advice.
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REPORT: "Five Most Important Health Concerns For Women" continued:Obesity
Obesity is becoming an epidemic in developed countries such as the US.
Ideally, it would be a good idea to prevent your weight from ever exceeding acceptable levels but if you become obese, you can always start developing good eating and exercise habits at any time in order to lose weight.
You can find out whether or not you are overweight by taking your weight in pounds and dividing it by your height in inches squared, multiplying that by 703.
A value over 25 means you are overweight and a value over 30, means you are obese. There are also BMI scales to quickly determine where you land in order to assess obesity.
Obesity poses a number of serious health risks, including, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes (that comes with its own set of hazards) and premature death.
You can get
control of your weight, and there are many healthy ways to do so. Seeking the guidance of a nutritionist is a great place to start.
Women get colon cancer at about the same rate as men. Colon cancer can be completely prevented in most people who get a screening colonoscopy at the age of fifty and every ten years thereafter.
Colonoscopies can detect and remove cancer-causing polyps of the colon, virtually eliminating the chances of getting colon cancer.
Those with a family history of colon cancer should have their first screening colonoscopy earlier in life, as early as in their twenties.
In addition, diets low in fat and high in fiber can be preventative of ever getting the disease.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a condition of high blood sugar and
several serious consequences of high blood sugar that appears to be related to family history and obesity.
If you have a family history of diabetes, you should try and keep your weight in the normal range and should have your doctor check a fasting blood sugar on you every 3-5 years.
Cervical cancer can develop in women at any age, usually starting in a woman’s twenties and becoming less prevalent as a woman reaches her seventies.
Cervical cancer can be partly prevented by getting a vaccination as early as your teens that protects women against many forms of human papilloma virus or HPV.
HPV infection of the genitals and cervix is a known risk factor for cervical cancer.
In addition, women should get routine pap tests from their doctor; the Unites States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for cervical cancer in women age 21 to 65 years with a Pap smear every 3 years.
This involves getting a scraping of cervical cells and putting them under a microscope, looking for precancerous changes.
If you are 30 or older, your doctor can recommend a combination of a Pap smear with a human papillomavirus (HPV) test
to be conducted every 5 years.
Always remember that you don’t have to be victim to these health conditions.
Screening for some of these diseases on a regular basis and preventing them through a healthy diet and exercise program can help you stay healthy for many years to come.
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