It’s not easy being a woman
Women are beautiful, nurturing, intelligent and world-wise. Okay, that’s a generalization but it fits so many women of the world. In your roles as mother, sister, grandmother, homemaker, employee, activist, you often forget to take care of yourself.
It’s interesting how health issues that also affect men can affect women differently.
Alcohol abuse doesn’t discriminate between men and women. Men are more likely to become dependent or addicted to alcohol but the health issues of alcohol abuse and alcoholism are more serious in women. Women involved with alcohol have an increased risk for breast cancer and heart disease as well as fetal alcohol syndrome (when infants born to mothers who drank during pregnancy suffer brain damage and learning difficulties).
Women are more likely to die of a heart attack than men. Some of that may be because women experience delays in the emergency room and in getting treatment for cholesterol levels.
Osteoarthritis affects more women as well. Joint pain, swelling and stiffness can affect their everyday lives.
The Women’s Health Network has a great list of how women are different:
- 80% of the population with osteoporosis are women.
- 75% of people with lupus are women.
- Twice as many women as men have arthritis.
- Hypothyroidism is ten times more prevalent in women than in men.
- Fibromyalgia (FM) is nine times more prevalent in women than in men.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is three times more common in women than in men.
- Migraine headaches affect women three times more than men.
- Women experience more severe and more pain overall than men.
- Interstitial cystitis is almost exclusively found in women.
- Multiple sclerosis occurs more in women than in men.
- Endocrine imbalance affects women more than men.
- Our Clinic’s Women’s Health Program is a personalized plan for your health.
The Our Clinic Women’s Health Program starts with an assessment of your current overall health and any risk factors that may be present. From this assessment, a personalized plan is created to address heart health, bone health, emotional and mental wellness, and diet. It can also include sexual and reproductive health.
Our Clinic’s Women’s Health Program supports both the physical and mental health of women. Brain training, exercise, supportive diet, massage therapy, even personalized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), may all be considered as part of the overall wellness program for women.