From heart problems to Cancer and Gynaecological conditions, women experience some unique yet common health risks, different from Men. The good news however is many of the health threats women face are preventable.
Nutrihealthline lists the Five Common Health Problems women tend to develop, and what symptoms lead to health threats.
1. Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart diseases are one of the leading threats among men and women, and about 29% of the deaths among women in world are caused due to them. The high death rates are due to the disease signs and symptoms that go unnoticed or misdiagnosed among female patients. What leads to Heart Disease Risks? High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, Obesity, Diabetes, Stress and inactivity can increase the risks of heart attack and strokes when untreated.
While chest pain is the common symptom expected for heart disease, many women also experience jaw pain, shoulder ache, nausea,vomiting, or shortness of breath, which are often missed by doctors and the patients too.
2. Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers among women that is responsible for about 1 percent of deaths in women worldwide, and is just second to lung cancer. Recent research shows that there is a lot of treatment for breast cancer and doctors are getting better at treating the disease. The major risk factors for Breast Cancer include Obesity, excess alcohol consumption, earlier abnormal breast biopsy, earlier chest radiation, Early onset of menstruation (before age 12) or menopause after age 55, Obesity, Medication use.
3. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is affecting about 10 percent of women of reproductive age, according to the reports. It causes cysts to form on the ovaries during ovulation that leads to side pains every now and then, infections and ruptures, which may damage woman’s uterus and, thereby fertility. Women experiencing PCOS may tend to gain weight, face acne, abnormal periods, and excess hair growth.
Osteoporosis affects both men and women though it excessively concerns the women’s health. The good thing it is largely preventable. But when neglected it lead to fractures and bone breaks in later stages of life affecting the strength and resiliency of the bones. Doctors say, “The behaviours 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.”
Incorporate adequate calcium, Vitamin D consumption and weight-bearing physical activity to keep bones strong and avoid fractures
According to researchers’ reports, Depression affects about 50 percent more women than men, and the major reasons are the hormonal changes, lifestyle factors, stress, a history of childhood abuse, or neglect. Depression can also be caused due to heart problems, chronic illness, Use of drugs, recent surgeries/illnesses, vitamin deficiency et al. Go for yoga or meditation, meet friends, get pets to help lower depression.