It is important that women keep themselves up to date with the latest advances in women’s health. Keeping themselves well versed with all the information and services that are currently available. Advances in our knowledge of women’s health has shown us now that women and men differ greatly on physiological basis and therefore need to be looked at different when considering treatments.
Some of the most important areas of women’s health will be covered in this article to include, diet, breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease and reproductive health (Birth control).
Looking at our diet is one of the most predominant ways to ensure good health. We know that over half of all women are overweight today and of that number a good many are classed as clinically obese. Aside from being a key factor for low self esteem and possibly more importantly, the knock-on effect of obesity has on health, it has strong links with conditions such as diabetes and infertility along with high blood pressure and heart disease. Adopting a healthy eating regime for women along with moderate daily exercise is something that should be encouraged if the aforementioned are to be avoided.
Another health issue specific to women is of course the female cancers. Where as some improvements have been made, specifically to breast cancer, with the treatment being vastly improved and the detection being far earlier, over the past ten years the survival rates have improved quite dramatically.
The same however cannot be said about ovarian cancer, which by nature has always been much harder to detect. It has very ambiguous and non-specific symptoms such as excess gas production, pelvic fullness and changes in weight. These symptoms are linked with various illnesses but should be discussed with your GP.
Heart disease is actually modern societies biggest killer of women and men but it is much more likely to kill a woman than a man therefore it is of utmost importance that women keep a careful eye on all heart disease triggers. As mentioned earlier diet and exercise and of course not smoking play a massive part ion combating this disease.
Women’s reproductive health has undergone some huge advances in recent years. There are new birth control pills on the market now which administer low doses of hormone over 84 days which means a woman only bleeds 4 times a year in comparison with monthly. There is also the choice of either an intramuscular injection or patch to prevent pregnancy.