Good health is a key aspect to women’s safety and it starts with understanding the health risks that women typically face. Health issues such as osteoporosis, depression, migraine, urinary incontinence, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are believed to affect more women than men. Some of these diseases in women are linked to female hormones and anatomy in general.
Prevention is always better than cure and here are some must-do practices to follow after you turn 20 for a healthier life.
- Special diet: Women are generally more at risk of nutritional deficiencies including iron, folic acid, calcium and vitamin D apart from protein deficiency. Take atleast 1 serving of greens, 400-500ml of skimmed milk & its products, 50g of lean meat, few almonds, dates & figs everyday right from onset of puberty. You may also consider Vitamin D supplementation if suggested by your physician.
- Regular exercise: Pick muscle strengthening exercises, swimming and yoga to reduce the risk of metabolic issues, depression, migraine and Alzheimer.
- Balanced Hormones: A healthy weight and a diet that avoids simple sugars and junk food can help to keep the hormones balanced.
- Mental health: Practicing meditation, mindfulness etc and having a good social support system can help.
- Personal hygiene: A delicate anatomy demands practicing proper hand wash techniques, using hygienic clothing and ensuring proper vaginal hygiene.
- Medical checks: Don’t forget regular medical checks to nip any problem in the bud, whether it is a pap smear or a mammogram.
Vulnerability does not mean it is your destiny. Be pro-active and enjoy a healthy life.