[BYWG BLOG] Top 5 Health Risks for Women & What You Can Do About Them
A woman’s body is pretty amazing. In many ways, they are alike but also very different from men’s bodies.
Different hormones, different reproductive systems and different health risks.
There are certain health conditions that women are at a higher risk of developing. But luckily, there are also preventative measures that you can take.
💓 Heart Disease
We often think of men when we think of high rates of heart disease. However, women are just as at risk as men.
In fact, one in four female deaths in the United States is due to heart disease. You can mitigate this risk by monitoring your blood pressure, cholesterol, and diet. Eat a heart healthy diet and maintain a regular exercise routine. And, of course, DON’T SMOKE!
🎀 Breast Cancer
While men can get breast cancer as well, there is a notably higher prevalence in women. Breast cancer is also one of the most aggressive cancers and can spread to other organs in the body.
It is imperative that women manage this risk proactively. Routine self-breast exams, mammograms after a certain age, and annual medical checks with your OB/GYN can help to obtain an early diagnosis, quick treatment, and prevent spreading.
👩 Ovarian and Cervical Cancer
Fortunately, the female reproductive system is one of the few systems in the human body that allows for consistent proactive testing to prevent the development and/or spread of cancer.
Annual or bi-annual pap smears can identify pre-cancerous cells before they become cancerous. Procedures and technology allow us to remove these cells upon identification. So don’t skip out on your annual visit to the lady doctor!
🤰 Pregnancy Issues
It is important to maintain routine visits to the OB/GYN during pregnancy. Especially because pre-existing health conditions can increase during pregnancy. Women with asthma, low iron, mental health diagnosis, and diabetes may require additional monitoring and management.
😟 Depression and Anxiety
Everyone and anyone is susceptible to mental health issues.
However, women and men do have different hormonal balances. And women have a higher prevalence of depression than men do. New mothers are also at risk for postpartum depression. It is important to talk to someone if you are experiencing symptoms.
There is no weakness or shame in struggling with depression or anxiety.
When you have a physical ailment, you go to the doctor. The same needs to be done if you have a mental health or emotional ailment – seek medical consultation.
Stay strong and healthy, ladies!
Women’s bodies are simply amazing.