It seems like it is always getting harder to stay healthy in today’s world. As more new health threats are discovered or come to light, the challenge to women’s health seems to be growing. We’ll take a look at some of the major issues affecting women's health today, and tell you what you can do to prevent or reduce your risk for them.
Heart disease used to be thought of as mainly affecting men. But we are coming to the realization that women are just as at risk as men for developing this condition. In fact, heart disease now accounts for about one-third of all female deaths.
You can and should reduce your risk of contracting heart disease. The younger you start, the better. The easiest way to do so is to adopt a healthier lifestyle. This includes getting regular exercise, reducing your intake of saturated fats and sugar, and limiting your consumption of alcohol. You should also familiarize yourself with the common symptoms of heart attack. These symptoms include pain in or radiating from your chest, shortness of breath, and nausea. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.
This degenerative bone disease is another condition affecting women’s health today. With this condition, bones loss occurs, and bones become increasingly brittle and susceptible to breaking. Since roughly 70% of those with osteoporosis are women, it is largely considered a women’s illness.
You may think that this disease affects only older women, but that idea is wrong. It can actually begin much earlier, and there is much you can do when you are young to prevent it. You should always be sure to get your recommended daily amounts of vitamin D and calcium, from food or supplements, as these nutrients help build bone tissue and keep your bones strong. You should also participate in weight-bearing exercise at least three times per week, as these workouts help strengthen your bones and the muscles that support them.
Millions of women around the world deal with fertility issues every year. If you’ve experienced it, you know that this is one of the most heart-breaking issues affecting women’s health today. Though there are many factors that contribute to infertility that are out of your control, such as your family history, there are things you can do to increase your chances of conceiving.
Having a healthy lifestyle can help. Be sure to consume mostly minimally-processed, healthy foods. Be sure to get plenty of folate, as this B vitamin helps prevent some devastating birth defects should you conceive. You should also aim to achieve at least 30 minutes of exercise at least five times per week. But you should not go overboard with your workout regimen, as overdoing it can decrease your chances of getting pregnant.
Age is a major factor in your ability to conceive. If you feel you may need to postpone having a family due to work or other commitments, talk with your doctor about options, such as egg-freezing, that could help prolong your fertility.
Women today face many health challenges. But with the right lifestyle and proper medical care, you can make a difference in your risk of facing one of these health crises.