6 Health Risks for Women

6 Health Risks for Women

Ladies! Pay attention to your health, howsoever busy and tied up you are.

Here’s a checklist for conditions you must watch out for.

Hormonal disorders: Thyroid abnormalities are amongst the most common hormonal problems that affect woman. Symptoms like unexplained weight gain, fatigue, drowsiness and feeling cold often should not be ignored as all these may indicate thyroid insufficiency (hypothyroidism). The opposite of this condition is hyperthyroidism, which may cause swelling in neck (goitre), fine tremors (shaking), insomnia (inability to sleep) and causes anxiety.

Menstrual problems: Excessive bleeding (exceeding 7-8 days per month) and irregular periods can be blamed on female hormones – estrogen and progesterone. A common condition in women is PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease), which occurs when the ovary develops numerous cysts. Excessive facial hair, acne and irregularity of periods are the main symptoms of this problem and may also cause problems in conception. Therefore, it is important to diagnose and successfully treat this condition in women, who have yet to start their families.

Osteoporosis: Deficiency of vitamin D and lack of calcium results in osteoporosis, when the bones become weak and fragile. A simple blood test can reveal if the person is lacking in calcium and vitamin D and fears osteoporosis. Post menopausal women should specifically keep a check on these two levels.

Cancers: Breast and cervical cancers are two types of cancers, which strike them the hardest. Regular preventive clinical breast examinations, sono-mammography and mammography post 40 should be high on priority list for every female. Pap smear to detect cervical cancer once in three years is highly recommended for all women. Early detection of cancers can result in less extensive treatment and a better prognosis.

Psychiatric problems: Women are more prone to depression and suffer from OCDs (obsessive compulsive disorder) or anxiety neurosis. This may be because they have a natural tendency to worry. If worrying becomes excessive and there is no outlet such as exercising or socialising, then it becomes an issue. If at all a woman notices behavioural changes in her, a visit to a psychiatrist is a must to put a stop at these conditions at initial stages.

Sleep disorders: Women are twice likely than men to suffer from sleep disorders as most of the times it is related to their hormones. Hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy and stress of home and office work all combine together for them and may affect their sleep pattern. Sometimes mobile phones, laptops and television are also responsible for lack and improper sleep.

For women, it is important to understand that their own health sound means happiness for their entire family.

Everyone must aim for prevention rather than cure.