Women’s Health Week is May 11-17, and I’ve been asked by a couple organizations to share some important information that affects our health. While we’re focusing on women’s health this week, men are at risk as well, so here is some important information for everyone.
I have to admit I was shocked by this infographic sent to me by the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. I had no idea that asbestos was still legal to use in the US. I also learned that women, due to second hand exposure, are becoming the “new profile” for mesothelioma cancer. This cancer is completely preventable because it is cause solely by asbestos exposure. Knowing a little more about this disease and its risk factors can help you protect yourself and your family.
In addition to being Women’s Health Week, it is also Osteoporosis Awareness Month, so that is a double reason to learn a little more about osteoporosis and its risk factors. Here is another frightening infographic:
Unchangeable risks for osteoporosis include:
- Gender – Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis than are men.
- Age – The older you get, the greater the risk.
- Race – Caucasians and people of Asian descent have a higher risk.
- Family History – If someone in your family has had osteoporosis, that increases your risk.
- Frame size – People with slight frames are more likely to develop osteoporosis
Dietary and lifestyle factors that increase osteoporosis risk:
- Low Calcium Intake
- Eating Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Surgery
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Tobacco use
In addition to the above risk factors, hormone levels and certain prescription medications can increase the likelihood of developing osteoporosis.
Tina Muir wrote a great post about the risk of osteoporosis, not only in women over 50, but also for elite athletes like herself, and other women whose training is more extreme than average.
National Women’s Check Up Day
National Women’s Check Up Day was May 12, 2014. Did you miss it? That’s okay, because the purpose of the event is to remind and encourage women to schedule an Annual Well-Woman check-up to discuss their health habits and family history, get or schedule necessary screenings or exams, and set health goals. It is not too late to do that, so let this serve as your reminder.
Have you scheduled your Well-Woman Check Up? Why not?