It's something every woman fears. And with good reason. There are over 2 million living with the disease in the USA alone. 70% of these women are over the age of 55.
What you should do:
Even if you are diagnosed with this horrible disease, your prognosis is likely to still be good. That's because researchers have made great strides over the past 50 years in this area.
Did you know more women die of cardiovascular disease than from any other health issue? Yikes! That's why it's so important to know your numbers:
You’re not alone. Over 80% of us do. There are many ways to go about it, but the following are tips to make it last over a lifetime:
· Avoid a diet with too much red meat, potatoes, processed foods, butter, and sweets.
· Include stress management activities in your DAILY life.
· Quit drinking sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages.
· Get enough sleep every night.
· Walk briskly 2 to 4 hours a week.
· Aim for no more than 1 hour of television watching per day.
· Drink alcohol moderately.
· Lift weights twice a week.
· Do 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week at a “somewhat hard” intensity.
These were taken from the June 2016 IDEA Fitness Journal. They work, but they require you to make a complete lifestyle change and stick with it, well, for LIFE!
Most of us have experienced heart burn. Heart burn is also called acid-reflux disease or gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD). It is caused by an increased production of acid in the stomach and by the relaxation of the valve at the base of the esophagus called the esophageal sphincter which allows acid to move up the esophagus.
Common Foods to avoid:
Caffeinated beverages (Coffee, tea and soda) (caffeinated and decaffeinated)
Alcohol (Beer, wine and liquor)
Foods with high fat content including milk
Tomatoes (including ketchup)
Activities to avoid:
Eating large meals
Eating within 3 hours of going to bed
Eating within 3 hours of exercising
Drinking sports drinks during exercise-stick to plain water
If you suffer from heart burn, try to avoid the above items. Keep a journal of your diet and activity and when your symptoms occur. If you do not see improvement, discuss medication options with your doctor. If you are not getting relief with avoiding the above food and activities and mediations, you may be a candidate for a surgical procedure to control your symptoms.
If you're like most women, you have painful periods. We all tend to go through this from time to time. But if the pain comes back month after month, and is accompanied by other symptoms, it could be endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition where the cells of the uterine lining (the endometrium) grow elsewhere in the body. This abnormal growth can cause pain, because these cells shed and bleed just like your uterine lining does during your period.
How do you know if you have endometriosis? The only true way to make a diagnosis is to cut into the body and examine the cells. However, there are many symptoms that can clue your doctor in:
I was diagnosed in my early 20's and underwent 2 surgeries. I went from being barely able to walk to living a relatively normal, and pain-free life. Don't avoid this issue. See your doctor for help!
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