This week is Women’s Health Week. We honor the voices and contributions of past, present, and future women around the world and we want to help you take the time to reflect on women’s health.
The good news is that overall, women are healthier than men.
- You’re more likely to make better food choices.
- You’re also more proactive about your health, visiting your healthcare practitioner more often than men.
As a result, you’re more likely to live longer: On average about six to eight years longer, in fact, than men.
On the other hand, society doesn’t always acknowledge the health conditions that women experience and struggle with. Even when we do, we might not prioritize those conditions, which can have a detrimental impact over time.
Certain Diseases and Health Conditions Impact Women Differently Than Men
Women and men aren’t equal when it comes to health. Your biology partially impacts those differences. So do other things, such as your behaviors and decisions.
Certain diseases and conditions impact women differently than men.
- Breast and cervical cancers. Every year, about half a million women die from cervical cancer. Half a million more die from breast cancer.
- Women struggle with more mood disorders including anxiety and depression than men. Depressive disorders impact twice as many women: Around 12 million every year, compared to around six million men.
- Heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women, contributes to around 29% of deaths for women. Compared with men, women have a higher risk of death from heart attacks.
- Women have a higher risk of osteoporosis, which thins and weakens bones, making them easier to break. Half of the women over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
- About 80% of autoimmune diseases occur in women. With autoimmune diseases, your immune system mistakes a specific part of your body — say, your joints or skin — as a potential threat, attacking that healthy area.
Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Improve Women’s Health
These healthy lifestyle changes will help you feel fabulous at any age.
Women who exercise consistently are healthier. You don’t need to become a fitness fanatic or spend hours at the gym to get those benefits: Aim for 30 minutes, five times every week, of moderate activity such as brisk walking or dancing.
Find ways to manage stress
Women report higher levels of stress than men. Feeling stressed out becomes a health hazard in many ways. Deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help lower stress levels.
Get great sleep
Poor sleep can impair your hormone levels, energy levels, motivation to exercise, and much more. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule and a before-bed routine can help.
Get sufficient nutrients
Nutrient deficiencies can show up in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. You might constantly feel tired or struggle to lose weight. Many Americans don’t get enough of the anti-inflammatory fatty acids they need in their diet. In fact, we eat about 20 times more inflammatory fatty acids. Too many inflammatory fats from foods like vegetable oils and processed meats, and not enough anti-inflammatory fats, can contribute to many chronic diseases including heart disease and cancer.
Even if you’re eating a healthy diet, you might not get ideal amounts of the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients that help you stay lean and healthy. That’s where Daily Essentials for Women and Women’s Multivitamins can help. Each convenient packet contains the essential nutrients and additional nutrient support to help you thrive.
A healthy spine and nervous system in the foundation of health for everyone, especially moms. Pregnancy, childbirth, caring for children, and chronic repetitive postural stress are the top causes of subluxation for women that are not addressed by their doctor and may be the root cause of many health issues. The first step to better health is getting your spine check and corrected for optimal health.
Want to Help the Women in your Life?
This is Friends & Family Week with a Health Assessment for only $40 ($199 value)