Empowering Women's Health:
A Look at some common health issues in women

Women’s health is a diverse topic that encompasses a range of issues affecting women throughout their lives.

From mental health to chronic conditions, there are several common health concerns that women face. Understanding these conditions can help women maintain their health and adopt habits to minimize the risks of health issues.

Here are the common health concerns in women and how they can initiate preventive measures to stay healthy mentally and physically:

Mental Health

The rise of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and stress, are common causes of concern, and they continue to be a significant issue women face today. According to an article by Healthhub, depression is more prevalent among women, occurring twice as frequently as it does among men. Additionally, individuals between the ages of 20 and 40 are more likely to experience depression.

Ways of maintaining good mental health include:

  • Practising self-care
    Making time for one’s hobbies and activities that nourish them can improve mood and overall mental health.
  • Getting enough sleep
    Sleep rejuvenates the mind and soul! It is important to remember the recommended 8 hours of sleep every day.
  • Eating a healthy diet
    They say that we are what we eat. A balanced diet of healthy fats, meat, fruits and vegetables not only nourishes the body but also the mind.
  • Manage stress levels
    Being aware of stressors and one’s thoughts will also contribute to a healthy mind as addressing negative thought patterns will build resilience and clarity.
  • Seek help when needed
    This can include talking to a therapist, seeking medication, or joining a support group.
Common health issues in women
Mental health for women

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a leading type of cancer among women, and early detection through regular mammography is essential for prevention and treatment.

Ways to reduce the risks of breast cancer include:

  • Exercise regularly
    Regular physical activities may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer by improving hormonal balance, reducing inflammation, improving immune function, and reducing body fat. 
  • Limit alcohol consumption
    Consuming alcohol, particularly more than one drink per day, can increase the risk of breast cancer. Limiting alcohol consumption can help reduce the risk. 
  • Get screened regularly
    Mammograms can help detect breast cancer early when it is easier to treat. It is recommended to consult a healthcare provider on when to begin regular mammograms and how often to have them based on their risk factors.
Cardiovascular Disease 

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and strokes, is a leading cause of death among women. Risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can be managed. 

Ways to reduce risks of cardiovascular disease include: 
  • Avoid smoking 
    Smoking is a detrimental risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Avoiding smoking reduces the risk of developing heart diseases and strokes. 
  • Manage high blood pressure  
    High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease. Regular monitoring, lifestyle changes, and medication if necessary can help manage blood pressure. 
  • Manage stress 
    Chronic stress can increase the risk of heart disease. Managing stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, and seeking support can help reduce this risk. 
  • Limit alcohol consumption
    Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure and contribute to the development of heart disease.
Being aware of the common issues and taking preventive measures can help women maintain good health and lead fulfilling lives.
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