In celebration of Women's Day and Month, here are 6 health tips to help women take charge of their health.
1- Know the common diseases that affect women-There is great evidence that many health conditions affect women significantly in rate and severity than men. Commonly occurring health conditions in both men and women often pose greater effects in women. For example, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the US. Although heart disease is also the leading cause of death in men in the US, women are more likely to die after a heart attack and experience a delay in aftercare management.
2- Workout- Regular workout is important for overall health. Exercise can help prevent certain diseases and slow down the progression of other diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension.
3- Get regular health checkups- Regular checkups are essential even when you are in good health. Regular checkups can aide in disease prevention and overall health promotion. Many standard disease screenings like mammograms, pap smears, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol monitoring are done during regular checkups.
4- Don’t ignore your mental health- Women are more susceptible to depression and anxiety due to biological and social factors. Symptoms of mental illness may not occur similarly in men and women. It is important to identify and communicate your symptoms with your health care provider.
5- Take charge of your sexual health- Sexual health comprises of reproductive life including, sex, pregnancy, STIs, and satisfying relationships. Engage your partner in open communication in order to foster a healthy sexual life.
6- Know your nutritional needs- Women need certain minerals more than men- iron and calcium for example. Women’s nutritional needs change with aging and changes in hormones. As women age and experience hormonal changes, bone mass decreases and can lead to weak, brittle and easily broken bones. Nutritional supplementation with calcium and vitamin D is needed. Regular checkups become beneficial because your health reports can identify any of these nutritional deficiencies.
By Lorraine Arkaifie, RN, MSN