Understanding Women’s Health Concerns
Women can be at higher risk of certain health conditions than their male counterparts. However, women who understand the health concerns that the female population faces can help them to make better choices and live a longer, healthier life. Here’s what you need to know:
Common Health Issues for Women
Despite popular belief, heart disease is not just a men’s health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s one of the leading causes of death in women in the U.S.
Women may not always experience the classic symptoms, such as chest pain, and in fact, some women may not experience symptoms at all. Some uncommon symptoms that women may experience are a pain in the neck, jaw, or throat, as well as the upper abdomen and back.
Besides heart disease, the following are some of the most common health issues that women face.
How Women Can Reduce Their Risks of Disease
Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help diminish the risk of developing illnesses and diseases, including the ones mentioned above. Here are some tips on ways to live a healthier life:
- Quit smoking - Did you know that when you quit smoking, your body almost immediately repairs itself? It’s also essential to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke too.
- Eat a healthy diet - Add colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and high-fiber foods to your daily diet. It’s also important to incorporate lean proteins, such as fish. Stay away from foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats, and that have added sugar and sodium. Women can also benefit from foods that are fortified with calcium for better bone health.
- Get regular exercise - Getting regular exercise can help prevent heart disease and stroke as well as reduce your risk of certain cancers. It can also help you control your weight, which contributes to overall good health.
- Limit your intake of alcohol - When it comes to drinking alcohol, moderation is key. Excessive drinking can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer or liver cancer as well as an increase in your blood pressure and the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Find ways to manage stress - Whether you have a stressful job or you feel overwhelmed with daily chores and other activities, it’s important to find ways to relax. Stress can diminish your immune system and leave you vulnerable to illnesses and diseases.
Take Our Free HealthAware Risk Assessment Test
At Parrish Healthcare, we are committed to the health and well-being of the women and men who live and work in our community. Whether you are concerned about your risks of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or any other health concern, take any one of our nine free, HealthAware risk assessment tests.
By answering a few questions, we can help you learn your risk factors as well as guide you in taking action to reduce your level of risk.