TOP 4 DISEASES FACED BY WORKING WOMAN
According to the recent survey, every 3 out of 4 working women in India suffer from lifestyle, chronic or acute ailments due to the constant pressure of making a balance between their personal and professional lives.
Dietitian Shreya speaks about women ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, that working women suffer from lifestyle diseases like migraine, constipation, cervical spondylosis, cholesterol, and hyper-tension. “Working women have to double up as valued employees at their work place and home-makers after office hours. This takes a toll on their health,” Dietitian Shreya says.
Why is migraine more common in women than men? Although exact reasons are not clear, but one possible reason may be hormonally based. Women have fluctuating hormones that cycle monthly. This includes rising and falling levels of estrogen. Falling of estrogen levels, as we see prior to the start of a woman’s menstrual cycle, was associated with migraine. Hormones play a role in why women experience migraine almost three times more often than men. This is further supported by finding that before puberty; both boys and girls have the same migraine prevalence. However, once puberty arrives, the frequency of migraine between girls and boys separates and becomes almost three times more common in females than males.
*Take regular medicines as advised by your doctor.
*Schedule your day well, have a set time for retiring and rising
*Eat well balanced regular meals
*Avoid extremes in temperature and weather
*Avoid loud or irritation noise
*Maintain fixed sleeping hours
*Records your attack and possible trigger factors
– Women are exposed to more stress than men due to the extra family responsibilities, hormonal modulations, society pressure and expectations. This causes extra mental pressure which contributes into the constipation.
– Withholding of stools due to the embarrassment over using public because of its smell and hygiene or inconvenience of using it often results in constipation.
–Women happen to be the expert strainers because of their natural skills of using the abdominal and pelvic muscles to deliver babies. Unfortunately this straining contributes to the constipation.
*Drink more water
*Eat more fiber
*Be more active
*Eat probiotic foods
*Have 1 dabur nityam churan tablet before bed
*Isabgol can also be added into your diets
*Try to relax as stress causes constipation
- CERVICAL SPONDYLOSISOne of the most common problems faced by the working woman are cervical spondylosis. This is largely because of sitting long hours on the computer. Each and every office work is done on the computer only. But it is not easy on the neck of the users. This almost invariably leads to the problem of cervical spondylosis sooner or later. They start feeling pain in the neck and this neck pain may even extend to the shoulders and hands. The muscles around the shoulders and the neck become hard and stiff. This pain may also extend to the top of the head or even to the eyes.
*A heated or cold pad
*Soft neck brace
*Application of garlic oil can provide relief to the pain
*Eat anti-inflammatory foods like apple, ginger and turmeric
*Consume more Omega 3 and Vit-E
*Fresh green and leafy vegetables should be taken and make salad with every meal a must
*Avoid fast food, spicy and oily food
- CHOLESTEROLMany women are at risk for high cholesterol and don’t realize it. Approximately 45 percent of women over the age of 20 have total cholesterol of 200 mg/dl and above, which is considered elevated, but a survey found that 76 percent of women say they don’t even know what their cholesterol values are. Triglycerides, a type of blood fat typically measured alongside cholesterol, are even more risky in women compared with men. This is a problem because women’s cholesterol levels can fluctuate quite a bit after menopause and tend to increase with age, putting us at greater risk of heart disease and stroke. Knowing your cholesterol numbers and how to control them is a big step toward staying healthy.
Different foods lower cholesterol in various ways. Some deliver soluble fiber, which binds cholesterol and its precursors in the digestive system and drags them out of the body before they get into circulation. Some give you polyunsaturated fats, which directly lower LDL. And some contain plant sterols and stanols, which block the body from absorbing cholesterol. Include eatables like oats, barley and other whole grains, beans, nuts, soy, fish, and foods which are high in fiber.
Hypertension is an important modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality, and a highly prevalent condition in women. Blood pressure (BP) is generally higher in women regardless of age. The subsequent rate of rise in BP is steeper for women than men. Prevalence and severity of hypertension increase markedly with advancing age in women, such that a higher percentage of women than men have high BP after 65 years. BP control is more difficult to achieve in older women.
*Monitor your blood pressure weekly
*Prefer less salt
*Have more fruits
*Increase the intake of the water
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