Shining A Spotlight On Women’s Health: How To Improve Your Health Today

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Heart Health is essential to understand.

Studies show a significant gap between men’s and women’s health. A report from the World Economic Forum shows that women spend 25% more of their time in poor health than men. In this guide, we’ll shine a spotlight on women’s health, offering tips to help you improve your physical and mental health today.

Heart health

We often think about heart disease as a condition that predominantly affects men, but did you know that cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death among women in the US? Heart disease causes around 1 in 5 female deaths and figures are rising. The most significant risk factors for cardiovascular complications include high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, smoking and high cholesterol.

Making lifestyle changes can have a hugely positive impact on heart disease risk. Examples include quitting smoking, cutting down on drinking alcohol, managing stress, eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly. 

Hormonal issues

Women go through several key phases in their lives when it comes to their hormones. Puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause are examples of major changes in the body that can impact hormone levels. Hormonal imbalances can also be caused by health conditions, which affect the endocrine system. It is essential to understand the physical and psychological implications of hormonal changes and imbalances. Hormones affect everything from our energy levels, sleep quality and moods to appetite and body weight, our cognitive performance and the relationships we have with others. 

If you feel out of sorts, or you’ve recently been through a major life change, for example, having a baby or going through menopause, it’s important to seek advice. Treatments like hormone balance pills and hormone therapy can be effective. Speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

It’s best to intervene early as minor symptoms can progress. It’s also important to realize that you don’t have to put up with symptoms that are impacting your quality of life or general well-being. It can be difficult to open up and talk about health issues, but women should be able to get the support and advice they need. 

Mental health

Research suggests that depression is the most common health problem among women under the age of 60. Depression causes symptoms such as feeling low for long periods, hopelessness and feelings of despair, loss of energy and enthusiasm, a lack of enjoyment in things that used to make a person happy and insomnia. People who have depression may gain or lose weight, they may experience mood swings and they might become isolated. Some people neglect personal care and hygiene and some withdraw from family life.

Depression is not a short-term problem, which can be remedied with positive thinking or a walk in the fresh air. It is a mental health disorder, which requires careful management. Self-help treatments, such as meditation, exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep can help, but often, people need more intensive therapies, such as group therapy, counseling and medication. 

If you’re worried about your mental health, seek professional advice or speak to a close friend or family member. It’s essential to understand that there is help out there.

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