Health

Did You Know…May 12 – 18 is National Women’s Health Week

Image courtesy of Women's Health

Image courtesy of Women’s Health

As a woman approaching 30 this year (I’m actually quite excited, I might add), I find myself taking a more active role in my health. Making changes in my diet and exercising regularly are a couple of things I’ve done, and anyone can do, to promote good health. But as women, we must become more aware of how we live, the things we consume and what we are doing to our bodies. Being healthy is a lifestyle, a lifestyle that we can afford to live.

With National Women’s Health Week quickly approaching, let’s briefly examine some risk factors we face. WebMD lists five major health areas among women that deserve our attention.

  1. Heart Disease.  More men die from heart disease than women. But heart disease more adversely affects women; from premature death, to prolonged illness. Twenty-nine percent of women die from heart disease, and women are reportedly underdiagnosed with this disease – which may contribute to other health issues including shortness of breath, vomiting and nausea, and shoulder ache among others.
  2. Breast Cancer. A major health threat to women, breast cancer is one of the leading killers of women, particularly African American women.
  3. Osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation alerts us that 44 million Americans will suffer with osteoporosis. Sixty-eight percent of that 44 million are women.
  4. Depression. Many times referred to as a “silent killer”; mental health is finally being recognized as a serious health factor. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, around 12 million women are affected by a depressive disorder annually, compared to around 6 million men.
  5. Autoimmune Diseases. Are defined as any large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissue. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association reports that 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women.

The above list highlights some of the major health concerns for women; however, it is only a snapshot to a world of factors and deterrents that affect our overall wellbeing. Learning your family history is essential, as there are so many diseases linked through genetics and passed down generations. Early detection can be the difference in your health, and many times lifesaving.

Though heredity is absolutely a risk factor that cannot be avoided, it should not deter women from establishing a healthier lifestyle. Managing all aspects of your daily routine can lead to a healthier life. Sure, eating well and working out are key components, regulating your stress level is huge in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Don’t let the daily grind, grind you into the ground. I like my coffee ground, not my health (and actually, coffee should be drank in moderation).

Pure Joy, LLC is an excellent site that offers daily tips to build and enhance your health. Of course, you are encouraged to consult your physician on plans that work best for your body. Celebrate this year’s National Women’s Health Week by incorporating something new into your health routine, and live your way to good health one day at a time.

Information from WebMD, Women’s Health and American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. was used in this article.

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