4 common Health Problems in Women

Help and Points taken from https://www.webmd.com. (https://www.webmd.com/dulce-zamora)

There are five medical conditions that are of great concern to women: 

1)Heart Disease 2) Breast Cancer 3)Osteoporosis 4)Depression) b

Lets look at the risk factors for each disease and ask the experts what women could do to prevent such ailments.

In order to make full use of this information, Saralyn Mark, MD, encourages women to take charge of their health. She says women need to work in partnership with their doctors by finding out their family medical history, educating themselves on health issues, and paying attention to their bodies.

Heart Disease

Heart attack symptoms differ in women

Heart Disease is the leading killer of both men and women. In women, the condition is responsible for about 29% of deaths, reports the CDC.

Although more men die of heart disease than women, females tend to be underdiagnosed, often to the point that it’s too late to help them once the condition is discovered.
“The symptoms for women are typical for women, and they are often missed by doctors and the patient themselves,

Some women may have symptoms like Chest Pain, but others may just have a little bit of  Jaw pain, Shoulder pain, Nausea, Vomiting, or shortness of breath.

The risk factors for heart disease are:-

  • Increasing age
  • Heredity (including race). People with family history of the disease have greater risk. So do Asians, Africans, Mexicans, Native Americans
  • Smoking
  • High Blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity, Lack of Exercise
  • Obesity and Over wieght
  • Diabetes

Women can reduce their risk of heart disease risk, by modifying lifestyle to include a well-balanced Diet and Exercise

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It is second to Lung cancer  as the leading cause of death for women

The fear of breast cancer can sometimes be exaggerated, stopping women from going to their doctors for screening.

The American cancer Society lists the following as risk factors for breast cancer.

  • Increasing age
  • Genes. Nearly 5% to 10% of breast  cancer is linked to mutations in certain genes (most commonly, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes).
  • Family history of the disease
  • Personal history of the disease
  • Race. White women have a slightly greater risk of getting breast cancer compared with African-American women. Yet African-Americans have a greater chance of dying from this disease.
  • Earlier abnormal breast biopsy
  • Earlier chest radiation
  • Early onset of menstruation..(before age 12) or Menopause after age 55 yrs
  • Not having children
  • Medication use, such as diethylstilbestrol (DES)
  • Too much alcohol
  • Obesity

Osteoporosis

The older women had to accept hunched backs, back pain and frailty used to be thingsbefore doctors knew anything more about Osteoporosis. Now, there are steps women and girls can take to avoid such problems.

Osteoporosis threatens 68% of women, reports the National Osteoporosis  Foundation.

“Osteoporosis is largely preventable. The behaviors that women develop in their childhood, in their adolescence, and in their early adult years really play a significant role in the development of the disease.”

That’s because bodies build up most of bone mass until age 30. Then new bone stops forming and the focus is on maintenance of old bone.

It is never too late to keep bones strong and avoid fractures.

Your own body will repair bone damage, but you have to provide the tools for it, such as adequate Calcium consumption and weight-bearing  Exercise

Risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • Female 
  • Increasing age
  • Small, thin-boned frame
  • Ethnicity. White and Asian women have the greatest risk.
  • Family history
  • Infrequent menstrual cycles and Eastrogen loss due to Menopause ,may increase risk
  • Diet low in Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Medication use, particularly glucocorticoids(Cortisones), or some anticonvulsants
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol

Talk to your doctor about your possible risk of osteoporosis, and what you can do to prevent problems.

Depression

Depression appears to affect more women than men. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that about 12 million women are affected by a depressive disorder each year compared to about 6 million men

Dorreen Lynn, PhD, a Psychologist and author of Getting Sane Without Going Crazy, says women need a connection with others in their lives.

“They need that sustenance,” says Lynn. “If they don’t have it, they tend to get depressed.”

Sometimes, hormonal changes can also trigger the condition, particularly after Pregnancy (postpartum) or around menopause.

Other risk factors for  Depression include:

  • A previous depressive episode
  • Family history of depression
  • History of heart problems
  • Serious chronic illness
  • Marital problems
  • Substance use
  • A stressful life event, such as job loss or death
  • Diseases that could trigger depression, such as vitamin deficiency and Thyroid disease
  • Recent serious illness or surgery
  • Childhood history of physical or sexual abuse
  • Being a worrier or being overly anxious
  • Having an Eating disorder or an Anxiety disorder

To help reduce risk of depression, Lynn recommends finding a reason to get up in the morning. She says things such as work, community, love, pets, and volunteering can be good reasons.

Lynn says “Statistically, the healthiest adults, both in women and men, are people in significant caring relationships” . She says adults not in nurturing relationships can reduce their risk of depression by making efforts to reach out into the community.

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How beautiful is it to stay silent, when someone expects you to be enraged …..Bodhipaska

https://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practice/how-beautiful-it-is-to-stay-silent-when-someone-expects-you-to-be-enraged/amp

The best reason for being silent instead of getting into an argument is simply to avoid unnecessary conflict so that there’s less suffering. The other person might get mad in the short term, but in the long-term they’ll benefit because you’ve given them less to be resentful about. You might experience discomfort in the short term because part of you really wants to fight back, but in the long term you’ll have less to regret and your emotional state will be more peaceful.

Taking pleasure in someone else getting angry is, from a Buddhist point of view, unskillful. It’s just a subtle form of aggression. Our desire should always be to reduce the amount of suffering our actions cause.
……………Bodhipaska

Vitamin B12

✋Vitamin B12🦶
As you get older, your body may not absorb B12 as easily. If you don’t treat it, low levels of B12 could lead to anemia, nerve damage, moodiness, and other serious problems.

☢️Do your hands, feet, or legs feel like they’re on “pins and needles”? ☣️Shortage of B12 can damage the protective sheath that covers your nerves.
✴️Diseases like celiac, Crohn’s, or other gut illnesses may make it harder for your body to absorb the vitamin.
🈸So can taking some heartburn drugs.

🥶Without enough B12, you might not have enough healthy red blood cells to move oxygen around your body (anemia). That can leave you shivering and cold, especially in your hands and feet.🥶
⚖️ A lack of B12 may lead to depression, confusion, memory problems, and dementia. It also can affect your balance.
🥴Your doctor might call it #atrophic #glossitis. Tiny bumps on your tongue called papillae start to waste away. That makes it look and feel kind of smooth and glossy. Infections, medication, and other conditions can cause it, too. But if not enough B12 or other nutrients is to blame, your tongue also may be sore.

🛑 If you take more than what you need, your body passes the rest out through your pee. Still, high doses could have some side effects, like dizziness, headache, anxiety, nausea, and vomiting.🛑
🔆🔆🔆 You can get more vitamin B12 from chicken, eggs, and fish. But one of best sources by far is something that may not be a regular on your menu: beef liver.🔆🔆🔆
💊💊💊 Some drugs drop your B12 levels or make it harder for your body to use the vitamin. They include:

Chloramphenicol, an antibiotic used to treat infection
Proton pump inhibitors like lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec)
Peptic ulcer meds like cimetidine (Tagamet) and famotidine (Pepcid)
Metformin for diabetes.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist 💊💊💊
👨🏿‍⚕️👨🏿‍⚕️👨🏿‍⚕️ One of the more common weight loss operations is called “#gastric_bypass.” After the surgery, food bypasses parts of your stomach and small intestine.
🤰🏻🤰🏻🤰🏻🤰🏻 Talk to your doctor about B12 supplements, both during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Infants who don’t get enough could have serious and permanent damage to their nerves or brain cells. Your baby might need supplements, too.🤰🏻🤰🏻🤰🏻🤰🏻

𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐍𝐨 𝐎𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐨 𝐁𝐞 “𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥.”Madison Blancaflor

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/amp/you-are-under-no-obligation-to-be-beautiful-2477246282?fbclid=IwAR2t7K2DphirQM-kLFUjcX2Zk2jn5ADqEdSvB5mUlyScjctQoyYWmPEUSOM

𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐍𝐨 𝐎𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐨 𝐁𝐞 “𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥.”
Madison Blancaflor

“Reminder:
You are under no obligation to look pretty. Not when you are laying around the house, not when you go to the grocery store, not when you sit in a classroom, not when you go to the gym. You are never obligated to get dressed up just so you are pretty for others. 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧.”

Being “pretty” or “beautiful” is what you are as a woman, not what you have to be in order to be one.

Be strong. Be brave. Be faithful. Be determined. Be outrageous. Be thankful. Be humble. Be anything in the world. But never let society limit you to being “beautiful.”

Optimise your Lifestyle for Fertility

𝐏𝐫𝐞-𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐎𝐑 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐭 is an essential part of the fertility journey and can have a significant impact on your chances of conceiving a healthy pregnancy. Here are the top 10 ways you can optimize your diet and lifestyle to receive the health benefits and prepare for pregnancy.

In women, eggs begin to mature starting as early as 6 months prior to ovulation and conception.

Men create their sperm in cycles of 75-90 days.

Visit to your doctor for review of any current medications or medical condition, immunisation etc. Discuss your family medical and genetic history , diseases that may run in your family. Testing for carrier status (mutations) for common genetic diseases may uncover the potential to pass along serious genetic disorders to your children.

𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 Women: Start a prenatal vitamin with a minimum of 400mcg of folic acid 3 months prior to attempting conception.…….. . . . . Men: Supplements shown to improve sperm quality include: folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, Omega 3’s, vitamin B12, L-carnitine, selenium and zinc.

Achieve a healthy weight:-.. elevated weight or BMI (normal 18.5-24.9) can reduce fertility in both men and women. In Women: Unhealthy weight & BMI over 30 can increase the risk for ovulation disorders, pregnancy loss, and several pregnancy-related complications such as gestational diabetes and hypertension…. .. . …….. . . Men: A BMI greater than 35 has been associated with low sperm count and motility

Healthy eating

Healthy eating improves egg and sperm quality, thereby improving fertility, but for women, it will also lead to a healthier pregnancy. …….. .

General guidelines include:

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Avoid skipping meals
  • Eat real, whole foods
  • Eat whole grains, legumes, and beans
  • Avoid processed foods/food products
  • Limit foods with sugars and simple starches.
  • Aim for at least 5 servings fruits and vegetable daily
  • Consume 8-12 ounces of fish weekly
  • Hydrate with filtered water (~ ten 8-ounce cups per day). Eliminate sugar-sweetened drinks.
  • Choose foods rich in monounsaturated fats – olive, canola, peanut, sesame and sunflower oils; avocados

𝐌𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞 🌸Moderate exercise improves both 𝐄𝐠𝐠 and 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐦 quality 🌸Try to get more than 6 hours of sleep per night, preferably 8. 🌸women and men, avoid tobacco use, vaping, alcoholic drinks , and recreational drugs 🌸

Manage your stress levels. Research shows that dealing with infertility is a major life stress;🌸

Take up activities such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, walking or deep breathing exercises. Unplug from electronic devices and social media. Take time for yourself.

Pursue healthy activities that you find relaxing. Communicate with your partner, family, and friends.

So many women talk about PILES

As so many women talk about “Piles”

🙃 The best way to keep #hemorrhoid_flare_ups at bay is to prevent #constipation.
🙂Make sure your diet always includes enough 🥗fiber to promote healthy bowel movements, and be mindful about staying well 💦hydrated.
🧂If you need help with your water intake, keep a water bottle by your side at all times as a reminder to drink.
Jazz up your water with a slice of
lemon🍋, lime, or 🍊orange.

Help taken from

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/hemorrhoid-help-preventing-and-treating-flare-ups

𝟜 𝕌𝕣𝕓𝕖𝕟 𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕖𝕤𝕥𝕪𝕝𝕖 𝕚𝕤𝕤𝕦𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕕 𝕗𝕖𝕣𝕥𝕚𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕪 𝕨𝕠𝕖𝕤 𝕒𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕘 𝕞𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕚𝕒𝕝𝕤…. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻’s 𝗳𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆

Help taken from https://www.healthshots.com/preventive-care/reproductive-care/4-reasons-behind-fertility-issues-among-youngsters/

🔺 fertility rate among women has decreased by 21 percent in the last decade
🔺 rural belt has a higher fertility rate of 82% whereas the urban population has a much lower fertility rate of 60%
🔺 𝗥𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 women face infertility issues due to various infections affecting their reproductive system, whereas for 𝗨𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗻 women, the reasons are largely their fast-paced lifestyles and late marriages
🔷 𝗜𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝗻 sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating habits, exposure to electromagnetic radiation & polluted environment
𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗻𝗲’𝘀 𝗳𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆

🔹 𝗔𝗴𝗲
both men and women are at their most fertile in their early 20s. 𝗙𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗲 fertility declines sharply after 35 , 𝗠𝗲𝗻’𝘀 testosterone levels start declining at 40.

🔹𝗪𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁
Being overweight or underweight, can cause problems with conceiving

🔹𝗦𝗺𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 & 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴
Smoking can affect egg quality, increases chances of miscarriage & can lead to problems during pregnancy
Decrease sperm quality,Erectile dysfunction

🔹𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀
heart disease, asthma, obesity & depression; interferes with conception. Stress reduces men’s sperm & semen quality.Chronic stress can affect ovulation in some women.
(because stress can affect the functioning of the hypothalamus, that regulates some of the hormones that trigger the ovaries to release eggs each month)

Why Retail “Therapy” Makes You Feel HappierThe brain-based effects of shopping and knowing the signs of a problem

Help taken from this link https://health.clevelandclinic.org/retail-therapy-shopping-compulsion/

“Whether you’re adding items to your shopping cart online or visiting your favorite boutique for a few hours, you do get a psychological and emotional boost.” he adds. “Even window shopping or online browsing can bring brain-fueled happiness. But again, you want to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.”
🙂 There are many reasons why:-

🔻 Shopping restores a sense of control
🔺 Visualization distracts us from anxiety
Shopping also stimulates the senses
🔺 Dopamine is released even before a purchase is made
🔺 Mood benefits from online shopping
🔻 The psychological perks of saving up

😢 When shopping becomes a problem

Of course, you want to ensure you’re not taking shopping to an extreme
🩸For many, it can become an addiction

😱 Signs of a shopaholic
🔺Preoccupation with and difficulty resisting buying unneeded items.
🔻Spending a lot of time doing research on items that may or not be needed.
🔺Financial difficulties because of uncontrolled shopping.
🔻Problems at work, school or home because of spending that’s gotten out of control