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Women's Health Facts You Must Know

Let’s dive into some important facts about women’s health that every woman SHOULD know.

Fact No. 1: Women have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that develops when bone mineral density and bone mass decrease, or when the structure and strength of bone change. This can lead to a higher risk of injury (i.e., broken bones).

Women need to pay extra attention to their bone health to prevent fractures and maintain overall mobility. Ensure an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, engage in weight-bearing exercises, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption to protect bone health.

Fact No. 2: Women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety disorders.

Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being for women, impacting daily life and relationships.

Hormone fluctuations, such as those experienced during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, can play a role in the development or exacerbation of these mental health conditions. In addition, social and cultural factors, genetic predisposition, and life experiences can also contribute to the higher prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders in women.

Practice self-care, seek support from friends and professionals, and consider therapy or counselling if needed.

Fact No. 3: Women often experience changes in hormone levels during peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopause.

Understanding these biological changes and taking proactive actions (i.e., eating healthily, exercising, etc.) can help women manage their symptoms (i.e., hot flashes, mood swings, etc.) and maintain quality of life. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, spinach, & cauliflower, can help reduce menopausal symptoms.

Stay informed about menopause, talk to healthcare providers about treatment options, and adopt lifestyle changes to ease symptoms. Most importantly, you're not alone! Every woman experiences these changes. It sure helps to talk to a friend as well!

Fact No. 4: Women have unique nutritional needs.

Proper nutrition is essential for women's health, affecting energy levels, immune function, and overall vitality.

Women can lose about 3-5% of muscle mass every decade after the age of 30, leading to decreased strength, mobility, and overall quality of life as they age. In addition, women require a higher magnesium intake, especially during certain life stages such as pregnancy and menopause. Similarly, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation, and metabolism affect iron absorption, leading to higher iron requirements. These are only a few of the many differences!

Consume a balanced diet rich in iron, calcium, proteins, and other essential nutrients. In particular, aim for about 80-150g of protein per day, especially if the goal is to add muscle mass. Regular strength training exercises are also important to combat muscle loss and support overall health and well-being.

Consume a balanced diet rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, and other essential nutrients. Supplements can be helpful, but make sure to consult with your physician.

Fact No. 5: Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

Exercise is crucial for maintaining optimal health and reducing the risk of various conditions.

Incorporate regular exercise into your routine, aiming for a mix of cardiovascular, strength training, and flexibility exercises.

Stay informed with our latest exercise and nutrition tips by following our social media channels and regularly visiting our website. We're here to provide informative health & fitness knowledge for everyone!

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