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Why these Women’s Health Week Tips Are Important

For National Women’s Health Week, check out these important stats to know and tips to protect your health this week and all year long.

May 14, 2020 | HF Healthy Living Team

Women are often affected by more health issues than men are, so it’s important to know how to protect your health. This doesn’t mean just your physical well-being; it also includes your emotional and psychological well-being. Although women generally live longer than men, they are often faced with more challenges to their health.

Read on to learn what to keep in mind this week and throughout the year to keep your health in check.

Don’t Skimp on Sleep

Do you often wake up in the middle of the night? Maybe you still feel exhausted even after a good night’s sleep? This is more common in women than in men. One in four women has some type of insomnia issue. Losing sleep can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Make sure to get a good night’s sleep (seven to eight hours) every night. Get some tips on how to get to sleep faster, and find out what happens to your body when you sleep too. Sleep is just as important as—in some cases more important than—a healthy diet and exercise.

See if you’re getting the right amount of sleep for your age here.

Be Mindful of Alcohol Use

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Excess drinking is more likely to cause health issues for women than for men, according to the National Institutes of Health, increasing the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and more.

Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults generally means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Drinking one glass of alcohol per day has been proven to increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels; however, the American Heart Association does not recommend that you start drinking wine or any other alcoholic beverages specifically to lower your cholesterol.

Find out the five warning signs of alcohol abuse today.

Know the Importance of Sexual Health

Sexual health is important for everyone, but women often need to take extra precautions to protect theirs. Make sure to visit your gynecologist once a year or as directed by your doctor to stay healthy. If you have a daughter, be sure to take her in for a checkup at the right time.

Learn more about how to prepare your child’s healthcare transition here. Check out these helpful tips on sexual health, too.

Get Moving

According to the World Health Organization, women are more likely to be physically inactive than men. This is due to many factors, such as being unable to travel to an exercise facility or being the primary caregiver in a household. This increases the odds of having health issues like osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and more.

Need help getting started with movement? We’re here to help. Get started today with this advice for your exercise routine or follow these tips to build strong bones.

You can also try out some of these exercises at home, and remember these stress-relieving tips to avoid caregiver burnout.

Remember to always try to eat a balanced diet and visit your doctor for your annual checkup to achieve optimal health.

 

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This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“Insomnia,” Women’s Health, Office on Women’s Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Accessed May 4, 2020.
https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/insomnia

“Women and Alcohol,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. December 2019.
https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/women-and-alcohol

“Physical Activity and Women,” World Health Organization. Accessed May 4, 2020.
http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/factsheet_women/en/

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