Did you know that there are certain medical conditions that women are more susceptible to, just because they are women? The good news is that living a healthy lifestyle can help lessen the risks of developing these potentially deadly conditions.
Still, it is important for women to watch out for these health concerns so these can be diagnosed and treated early, thereby increasing the possibility of a good prognosis.
Here are the top 5 health concerns for women:
According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health in the US, each year, as many as 12 million women are affected by a depressive disorder, compared with just 6 million men. There could be a number of reasons for this, including personal and family problems. Women who have recently given birth are more prone to depression – there is a special medical condition called post-partum depression for this group of women.
The loss of the estrogen hormone because of menopause or surgical removal of a woman’s internal reproductive organs (done in advanced medical cases/forms such as myoma or cancer) can increase the risks of osteoporosis. Thankfully, this can be preventable by changes in diet such as increasing calcium intake but women should be aware of the possibility of osteoporosis so they can start changing their diet before it is too late.
There are more reported deaths from heart disease in men than in women yet according to WebMD, women tend to be underdiagnosed and end up dying too early when they could have been saved by medications and lifestyle changes if they were diagnosed before it was too late.
As the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths in women, cervical cancer is something that should not be taken for granted – especially because there are vaccines available to prevent women from suffering this deadly cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer suffered by women although this can also affect men. There are a number of treatment options for this medical condition, including mastectomy, but early detection is very important for a better prognosis.