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Women?s Health Problems

Men and Women share many of the problems of aging.?? But women face many health problems unique to them as they grow older. ?Doctors have rated five medical conditions for women that are of the greatest concern to them:

Heart Disease. ?Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Although more men die of heart disease, women tend to be under diagnosed, often to the point that it’s too late to help them once the condition is discovered. Too many women do not recognize that being out of breath, not being able to walk up one flight of stairs are not just symptoms of ?old age? but often clear indicators of heart disease.? Other symptoms are heredity (including race), a family history of the heart disease, smoking, high blood cholesterol high blood pressure, lack of exercise, being overweight and diabetes,,

Breast Cancer.? Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, second to lung cancer. Ironically The fear of breast cancer is often a cause itself, as women often stop going to their doctors for screening, or overreact by having an unnecessary mastectomy.? Increasing age, ?genetic mutations, family history, race (white women have a slightly greater risk of getting breast cancer), early onset of menstruation (before age 12) or menopause after age 55,. Also not having children, too much alcohol is a factor.

Osteoporosis.? Hunched backs, back pain, and frailty are symptoms that appear later in life. ?That’s because bodies build up most of bone mass until age 30, then new bone stops forming and the focus is on maintenance of old bone. An ?adequate calcium consumption and physical activity ?some indictors are: increasing age, small, thin-boned frame, family history, anorexia, infrequent menstrual cycles and estrogen loss due to menopause Diet low in calcium and vitamin D,? smoking, inactive lifestyle. White and Asian women have the greatest risk.

Depression.? Depression appears to affect more women than men. Sometimes, hormonal changes can also trigger the condition, particularly after pregnancy or menopause. Also, family history, drugs or any traumatic or stressful event can cause depression,

Autoimmune Diseases. Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues.

All these symptoms can be prevented and treated if discovered early. A home nursing professional can provide expert care and help in the prevention and treatment of any condition.

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