5 Surprising Health Conditions That Affect Women More Than Men

5 Surprising Health Conditions That Affect Women More Than Men

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There are many incredible things about being a woman, from the life-changing experience of carrying and giving birth to a child, to the little things like, you know, having boobs. Our hormones change a lot during our lifetime, and that immediately confuses our bodies and puts us at risk of developing certain conditions. We are also more likely to develop certain diseases because of the mere fact that we live longer than men–the longer you live, the more likely you are to get something. But if you’re aware of the conditions that affect women more than men, how to spot them and how to prevent and treat them, you can enjoy being a woman for years and years to come. Here are health conditions that affect women more than men.

1. HYPERTENSION

Hypertension is one of the top causes of death among women. Men are more likely to face it before the age of 55, but around age 65, since women’s cells change, they overtake men in the risk factor.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Symptoms often include shortness of breath, severe anxiety, headaches, and nosebleeds. One of the best ways to attack this condition is to prevent it. Women who enter menopause with a healthy lifestyle are far less likely to develop heart disease, or to see heart disease progress rapidly.

2. THYROID DISEASE

Nearly 13 percent of women will be affected by thyroid disorder in their lives, and we are seven times more likely to develop theHashimoto’s Hypothyroidism than men. There are two main types of thyroid disorder: hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Hypothyroidism often comes with symptoms of fatigue and weight gain. Hyperthyroidism usually comes with symptoms of weight loss, and also fatigue. There are natural ways to treat hypothyroidism that include dietary changes. For hyperthyroidism, surgery might be necessary during which part or all of the thyroid is removed says Thyroid.org.

3. STROKE

Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women, with women having 55,000 more strokes than men every single year, according to the National Stroke Association.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

There are unfortunately no early warning signs of a stroke–only signs that one is imminent and unavoidable. These important signs include face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. Some lifestyle habits, however, can increase one’s chance of a stroke, like smoking, having more than one drink of alcohol per day, and physical inactivity says Stroke.org.

4. OSTEOPOROSIS

Since women start life with a lower bone density than men and lose bone mass at a quicker pace as we age, we make upnearly 70 percent of those affected by the condition.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

There are unfortunately few early warning signs of osteoporosis that you can detect on your own, but an x-ray might be able to spot it forming. When it comes to osteoporosis treatment, prevention is key. Get plenty of calcium (1,000 milligrams a day for women 18 to 50 and 1,2000 a day for women over 50), get plenty of vitamin D (600 to 800 international units a day) and exercise regularly.

5. GALLSTONES

Here’s a shocking fact: nearly half of all women get gallstones by the time they’re 75. Gallstones are hard particles that get stuck in your gall bladder. Gallstones can cause inflammation in the gallbladder which can lead to infection.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Symptoms of gallstones include pain in the upper right abdomen or back, but many times there are no symptoms. To prevent gallstones, eat a diet full of fiber and limit your unhealthy fat intake.

.: madamenoire

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