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The old saying “men are from Mars and women are from Venus” isn’t entirely true, but there are important physiological differences between us that we must understand when it comes to health. Women gain and lose weight differently from men, and while we all have the same major health concerns, like heart disease and cancer, there are nuances as to why these are important.
Women have to view their health differently. We have different needs and concerns that, over time, can impact our overall health and well-being. Here are three common health issues for women and a few suggestions on how to prevent them from controlling your life.
According to government-backed research on women’s health, there’s an estimated 15 million women in the United States with diabetes. That translates into about one in every nine adult women. Diabetes happens when the blood sugar levels in your body are too high and can lead to life-threatening health problems, like heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease.
Unfortunately, type 2 diabetes — the kind that is preventable — is on the rise, especially in women. Overly processed and fast-food diets are largely to blame. A healthy diet — one rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins — is the foundation of avoiding diabetes.
Why we eat can play as much of a role as what we eat. Some people find that taking healthy, all-natural appetite suppressants can help with weight loss and weight management, especially when trying to form healthy eating habits. It’s important you talk to your doctor before taking any supplements and consider other aspects like cost, dosing, safety, effectiveness, and even taste.
Not only do women see higher rates of arthritis diagnoses than men, but often women experience worse pain in common areas and ache in more joints throughout the body, according to the bone professionals at Summit Orthopedics. Women are far more likely to experience rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most painful and debilitating forms of the condition.
Arthritis is a disease of the body and the mind. Stress-related anger and anxiety can increase your risk of experiencing this kind of pain throughout your body. When working toward arthritis prevention, like almost all other health conditions, start with your diet. Omega-3s from fish, flaxseed, and soybeans can help put your body on the offensive early on. Drinking plenty of water, participating in low-impact exercises like cycling and yoga, and taking Vitamin D supplements can all help prevent arthritis, as well.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Health, says that women experience twice the rate of depression than men. Symptoms often include difficulty sleeping, lack of energy, lack of interest in doing things (especially things you once enjoyed), anger issues, increased anxiety, and more.
Diet also plays a crucial role in managing depression, but your environment also has a big impact. If you are having trouble feeling productive, consider placing orange calcite on your desk or around your home. This crystal’s healing properties also help us let go of emotional distress. Wearing tiger’s eye can help you stay grounded — crucial for helping you manage shifting moods and bouts of anger.
Perhaps the most important tool in the fight against depression is meditation. Even as little as 10 to 20 minutes a day can transform your mind, body, and spirit. Harvard Researchers found mediation can benefit all kinds of women’s health issues, from preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s to reducing hypertension.
Spiritual well-being and self-care can go a long way in helping women manage health conditions specific to their minds and bodies. That’s why Life Healing Services focuses on reiki, chakra balancing, sound therapy, crystal healing therapy, and guided meditation — all ways to balance your mind, body, and spirit that can lead to a longer, healthier, and happier life. Visit Life Healing Services today.
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