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Women’s Health and Fitness

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Just like men, women’s health and fitness is effected by some of the same health issues. These conditions such as Colon Cancer, Skin Cancer, Glaucoma, Cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type 2 Diabetes are all a concern. To this list we can add Breast Cancer, Ovarian and Cervical Cancer, Gynecological Health issues, so screening is again an important subject.

The Importance Screening.

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As with the men’s health and fitness we are not taking about supplements to enhance health, we are looking screening for women’s health issues to prevent unnecessary illness and suffering. Primary care is the most important aspect of health care regardless of gender, with supplements being a secondary concern after regular visits to the doctor.

We already know testing for diseases before symptoms appear makes sense, making it easier to treat and avoid complications. But first, we need to know what we are looking for.

1.Heart Disease
1 in 4 deaths among women in the USA can be attributed to heart disease which is a sobering fact considering the public’s general attitude towards heart disease being a male problem. The truth is, this condition affects males and females in nearly equally measure. The numbers are massive at 49% of consumers suffering from high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and smoking that are all factors related to heart disease.

2.Colorectal Cancer
Colon Cancer is more likely to effect women over 50 years of age when screening begins. It’s condition that’s the second most common cause of death from cancer producing polyps on the inner surface of the colon which can invade or spread to other parts of the body.

Studies suggest women have a slightly lower risk of developing it than men, but it’s still important to know how to prevent this condition.

Testing for Colon Cancer
The best way to prevent colon cancer is to find and remove polyps or growth in the colon before they turn cancerous.

Prevention being better than cure, for the average risk category screening begins at 50 years old. This is done with a colonoscopy where a doctor views the entire colon using a flexible tube and a camera. An option for the sigmoidoscopy that examines the lower part of the colon is available. In the case of polyps being detected they can be removed at the time of testing.

3.Skin Cancer
Skin cancer or Melanoma, the most common of the skin cancer occurs in the melanocytes cell specialized in producing skin pigment or color. Experience has shown that women are twice as unlikely to develop a Melanoma as men of the same age group.

Screening for Melanoma
Self-examination on a regular basis is recommended. Look for marks on the skin, changes in color or size of moles or anything that might be different. This is not instead of being checked by a dermatologist or other health professional on your regular medical check ups.

4.Glaucoma
This condition effect women just as it effects men as we age. The condition belongs to a group of eye diseases that damages the optic nerve that can lead to blindness if not detected and treated.

Screening for Glaucoma
The glaucoma testing is based on age and risk factors. It should be carried out on a regular bases as per the recommendations below but probably more often for those in a high risk group with family history of Glaucoma.
Under 40: Every 2-4 years
40-54: Every 1-3 years
55-64: Every 1-2 years
65 up: Every 6-12 months
More frequent screening for those is high risk groups, including African-Americans, a family history of glaucoma, previous eye injury, or use of steroid medications.

5.Cholesterol
Higher Cholesterol Levels can lead to heart disease and heart attacks or strokes. The cause is sticky plaque building up around walls of the arteries leading to hardening and narrowing of these arteries. When this happens it is known as Atherosclerosis, but the good news is that it can be mitigated by lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol.

Testing Cholesterol Levels
The Cholesterol test is called the “fasting blood lipid panel” the results being the total level of cholesterol which is made up of three parts.

LDL “bad” cholesterol
HDL “good” cholesterol
Triglycerides (blood fat)

With these result a doctor can advise how to reduce cholesterol using lifestyle changes or medication.

6.High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure also known as Hypertension is effected by age and by lifestyle factors. These factors are weight and environmental factors and if left unchecked can lead to complications that may not show symptoms prior falling ill, for example an aneurysm or the dangerous ballooning of an artery. Hypertension can be treated and in many cases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are reduced.

Screening for High Blood Pressure
The blood pressure test readings give made of two numbers, the first being systolic and the second diastolic. The first systolic reading is the pressure in your arteries when the heart pumps, the second reading is the pressure between beats. A reading of 120/80 is considered a normal blood pressure where as 130/80 is a high reading.

That’s systolic pressure 120 as the heart beats OVER diastolic pressure of 80 between beats.

7.Type 2 Diabetes
Type II is more common than people imaging, indeed one third of Americans live with type II diabetes don’t know they have it. If this condition goes unchecked it can easily lead to heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and impotency. This condition if detected can be effectively controlled with diet, exercise, and in some circumstances medication depending on the severity.

Screening for Type 2 Diabetes
The “fasting blood sugar test” for Diabetes is a glucose tolerance test. This test is a recommended test for healthy adults from the age of 45, but of course more frequently for those in high risk groups such as high cholesterol or blood pressure.

8.Breast Cancer
This condition is particularly common in the female population of developed nations due to a extended life spans, presenting as lumps in the breasts that have typically originated in the lining of the milk ducts. These can be nonthreatening, however, they can be the most aggressive cancer that can spread to other organs.

9.Ovarian and Cervical Cancer
While these are two distinct conditions many people are not fully aware of the differences between ovarian and cervical cancer. Put simply Cervical cancer originates in the lower uterus, while ovarian cancer originates in the Fallopian tubes.

10.Gynecological Health
Complications with the female reproductive system can be confusing. While bleeding and discharge are a normal part of the menstrual cycle, additional symptoms can indicate something else.

In the event of additional bleeding between menstruations and frequent urinating this could suggest a health issue. This issues could easily be non serious and treated easily, but equally they could be serious, such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or reproductive tract cancer.

Bottom line, don’t take any chances and arrange a visit to your health care provider because left unchecked, these conditions could lead to more serious conditions such as infertility or kidney failure.

 

The Take Away

Just as with men’s health and fitness article we can not take our health for-granted. We know women are better at seeking health advise from professionals and that’s we want it to stay. Don’t take any chances with your health, make the right choice. Modern life takes its toll on the health of our body and mind.

Make the right choice of living a healthy life style over a convenient lifestyle, where we put ourselves first. Healthy routines, healthy diet and frequent medical visit are the way we can maintain our general health, and then we can think about using supplements as appropriate to our needs.

 

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