Women are generally receiving the same opportunities and responsibilities accorded to men. But when it comes to health, the biological differences makes women prone to certain things compared to the opposite sex. Here are nine health concerns women should watch out for. Breast Cancer. While men also get breast cancer, a large percentage of people who suffer from this disease is women. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, women should have a monthly self-exam. Women aged 40 and above should have a mammogram every one or two years. PMS symptoms. Premenstrual Syndrome or simply PMS cannot be prevented, but the symptoms can be toned down. Cramping, bloating and mood swings can be taxing especially if they happen every month. Regular exercise, eating calcium-rich foods, limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption can largely decrease the symptoms. Take medicines as a last option. Osteoporosis. Thin, small, older Asian and Caucasian women are more prone to developing osteoporosis. A healthy supply of vitamin D and calcium can prevent the disease and help maintain healthy and strong bones. Also, doing weight-training exercises makes your bones stronger. Depression. According to the World Health Organization, gender plays a large role in mental health and depression. Similarly, an analysis at the Oxford University showed that compared to men, women are 40 percent more likely to develop mental health conditions. Which is why it’s important for women to seek help immediately when early symptoms occur. Relaxing and having strong social support is also important. Heart Attack. Although both genders can have a heart attack, it’s the symptoms which are different. Women may not have the common symptom of chest pressure or pain. Instead, they may experience lightheadedness, jaw pain, shortness of breath, anxiety and fatigue. If you’re feeling such symptoms, you may wish to visit the doctor, with assistance from a family member or friend. Urinary Tract Infections. Because women have shorter urinary tracts, they are more prone to infections. Holding in your pee regularly, sexual activity and certain birth control devices can add to the chances of a UTI. Good hygiene, wearing breathable and lose fitting undergarments, frequent urination and drinking lots of water can help prevent a UTI. Iron deficiency. Women menstruate monthly, which means they lose blood. This opens up the possibility of iron deficiency. Women between 19 to 50 years of age should have 18 mg of iron every day. During menopause, they should have at least 8 mg daily. You cannot have a healthy supply of iron from foods, a supplement will do. Yeast infections. For some women, vaginal yeast infections are an annoying fact. But there are some simple ways you can prevent them. One is to practice good hygiene, another is change your undergarments frequently. Remember to use breathable, like cotton, underwear. Getting enough exercise, sleep and probiotics can also help you be less prone to yeast infections. Autoimmune diseases. These are the tricky ones, because the reason for these diseases are still a mystery. But early detection can prevent a full blown disease or management of the symptoms. Common auto immune diseases include irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. If you suspect that you have the symptom of any of the illnesses, visit your doctor immediately.
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