Though males and females develop similar health issues, some health conditions are more common in women. Unfortunately, some women-related health issues can go a long time undiagnosed, and some clinical trials exclude women as test subjects. Because of this, some women continue experiencing issues that affect their health negatively.
Heart disease continues to be among women's leading causes of death. Additionally, research suggests females are more likely to develop depression than men.
With this being the case, women need to learn ways to prevent and address health issues and to seek treatment immediately if they suspect something isn't right with their minds or bodies.
Reading self help books for women can also go a long way in helping them lead healthy, fulfilling lives and let go of bad habits, which can increase their chances of developing the following health conditions.
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1. Heart Disease
According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 56% of women know that heart disease is the top cause of women’s death. Though heart disease was for some time assumed to be more prevalent in men than women—with some people even thinking women can't suffer from this nightmare—the CDC disproved the myth and disclosed that one in every five female deaths resulted from heart disease.
Some women of certain ages are at risk of suffering from heart disease without their knowledge. While one might have control over some risk factors that might lead to heart disease, there are other factors, like post-menopause and early menstruation, that are uncontrollable.
Some controllable risk factors for heart disease include the following:
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- High blood cholesterol
It's important to mention that every woman can reduce their chances of developing heart disease by leading a healthy life and adopting healthy habits. For instance, it's advisable to quit smoking since doing so not only reduces your likelihood of developing heart disease but also prevents other diseases like throat cancer, among others.
To ensure your heart is always healthy, quit smoking, be active, eat a healthy diet, and practice relaxation. While you develop a healthy lifestyle, seek medical attention immediately if you experience dizziness, shortness of breath, regular sweating, neck, jaw, abdomen, or back discomfort, and increased fatigue since they're primary symptoms of heart disease.
Cancer is among the leading causes of human death, either male or female. The most common types of cancer affecting the female gender are cervical and breast cancer. Fortunately, when they're detected early, they have a higher chance of being successfully treated, and the patient can continue leading a healthy life. However, cancer recovery is hard if the disease is detected in its last stages.
According to World Health Organization, more than 300,000 women succumbed to cervical cancer in 2020. Most of these deaths occurred in low or middle-income countries, where cancer screening, prevention, and treatment are not easily accessible.
As already stated, cancer can be treated when detected early. It's vital for every woman who can access cancer screening to take advantage of it to be on the safer side. There are also vaccinations provided at many health facilities, developed to prevent such diseases in women.
3. Gynecological Issues
Women's health is also threatened by gynecological health issues like menstrual complications (such as pain, heavy bleeding, and cramps), fertility issues (like uterine fibroids and endometriosis), and urinary tract issues (like inflammation and infections). Understanding one's body is key to noticing symptoms, seeking early treatment, and preventing complications.
Females also experience pregnancy-related health issues, such as preterm labor, stillbirth, and premature birth. These cases are common in developing countries where pregnant women don't access immediate help. As a result, such women are likely to experience severe infections, excess blood loss, or even death. Improving maternity care in developing countries is vital to save lives.
4. Depression And Anxiety
While the precise cause of depression is yet to be discovered, this mental health issue is linked to chemical imbalances in the brain. When women experience more of these chemical imbalances, they’re at a higher risk of developing depression and anxiety.
During pregnancy and motherhood, a woman experiences hormonal and physical changes in addition to other stressors, such as taking care of a newborn. As a result, some women suffer from postpartum depression.
While baby blues last for a week or two, medical postpartum depression and anxiety last for a prolonged period. If left untreated, they can pose severe consequences for the mother, baby, and entire family.
Treatment for depression and anxiety might include counseling, medication, or a combination of both in some cases. If you think you might be depressed or a loved one might be, consider seeking professional help immediately to treat the issue before it worsens.
Health issues like cancer and heart disease can be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle. Also, early screenings and regular checkups will help. With these considered, every woman needs to understand their body and seek help immediately if they think they’re not well.