Why Women Should Take Heed of Their Own Health in Their 30s

Why Women Should Take Heed of Their Own Health in their 30s

As we progress in life, the older and busier we get, the lesser self-TLC (tender loving care) we’ll give to ourselves. Although it’s never too late for any woman to give healthy living a head start, women in their 30s could benefit more and have better opportunities to set up a new, meaningful healthy lifestyle. Gary Hoffman, division chief for women and children at Providence St. Vincent Medical Centre, had given advice to women regarding women’s health in general: women can’t afford not to start planning for future success since 30s is the crucial time for most of them. Consider it a turning point for a better womanhood.

 

What Hoffman said by start planning is by eating right (basically having a proper and balanced diet plan), getting physically active and eliminating any unhealthy habits that could lead to the decline of your health. Women in their prime need to prioritize and start fighting now in order to prevent elevated dangers and risks such as osteoporosis and breast cancer, which, although may not appear now, have a high percentage of possibility to become substantial. Sneaky health problems are also more likely to be faced by women in their 30s.

 

Forgetting yourself in place of others 

 

Due to the fact that women tend to be a nurturer (caring for aging parents and taking care of their spouses and children) or even try to advance in their career, it’s no wonder that they forgot to take care of themselves. Simply put, sacrifice, anxiety and stress can get in the way of self-care. While it is tempting to be complacent about health in your 20s, bad habits will settle in and it’ll be much trickier to get rid off once you’re aging gracefully into your 30s. What you can do to not only feel but also stay healthy now is to focus on yourself and try to see your doctor on a yearly basis. Meanwhile, the increasing amount of women getting osteoporosis in their later stages of life is alarming.

 

Start by taking calcium for stronger bones

 

Start preventing for it now by getting the recommended daily dose for calcium of 1,000 mg (if you’re in your 50s), and for the younger ladies, stock up on supplements or foods like cheese, yoghurt, milk, broccoli or kale. Aside from that, make sure to spend some time to engage in weight-bearing exercise because your bone density is at its best in your 20s and 30s. According to Gillian Rosicky, Providence Medical Group family nurse practitioner, the best time to set your bone density is in your 30s.  As your peak is formed in your 30s, it’ll be harder to reset it later if you start with a low bone density in your 30s.

 

Family history is the key 

 

On the other hand, when it comes to preventing the risks of cancer, you need to know your roots. One of many major risk factors is prevalence of cancer among your ancestors and relatives, mainly in the first degree. Women – especially those in their 30s – need to start finding out about their history with regard to breast cancer, heart disease and colon cancer, according to Kate Beadle, a Kaiser nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health. Perhaps we could all take a leaf from Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who recently unapologetically and publicly made an announcement to the entire world that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had the BRCA gene, which indicates higher cancer risk.

 

Genetic screening is in order between you and your doctor provided that your family history suggests an elevated risk for cancer (particularly breast cancer). Though only a small percent of people have the BRCA gene like Jolie, they need to know about its dramatic boost to cancer risk. However, yearly mammograms are not recommended for most women in their 30s, but get your doctor’s advice if you have a family history of breast cancer. That being said, it’s never too late to start taking good care of yourself from now on. It’ll definitely pay off much later when you’re no longer in your prime, with many undesirable health problems arising.

 

Reference:

1. http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2013/06/womens_health_as_women_age_str.html

Nuts and Olive Oil are the New Protectors of Your Brain

Latest Research: Nuts and Olive Oil are the New Protectors of Your Brain

According to the researchers of a new study, adding nuts or olive oils to your healthy diet can protect your brain. If you do it on a daily basis or regularly, it may help keep your mind clear. This kind of dieting has also been reported to be able to reduce deaths from strokes and heart attacks. If you eat these healthy fats, your probability of showing the early signs of dementia is less likely to happen, as compared to if you’re stuck with the same old and more traditional diet. The Spanish people have been doing this for quite some time, having been eating the so-called Mediterranean diet.

 

A Mediterranean diet is the way to go

 

Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez of the University of Navarra in Spain and colleagues reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry that their findings really back the increasing evidence of the protective effects of the Mediterranean diet on cognitive function. The findings are the result of a large and well-publicized trial, which showed that the Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil and a little wine has a potential to cut the risk of strokes and heart attacks by 30%. A Mediterranean diet includes lots of olive oil, nuts, a small amount of cheese, a little lean meat, a little fish, vegetables, fruit and salad. At meals, wine is also served.

 

The researchers said that there are several ways that adding nuts or olive oil to the diet might protect the brain. But that’s not all they do. For your artery health, opt for nuts and olive oil because they contain monosaturated fats, which are better than lard, meat and butter as they contain saturated fats. Not only that, nuts and olive oil are also high in fibre and vitamin E, as well as minerals. Aside from that, walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. All of these ingredients could be easily bought from the grocery stores and supermarkets; so there’s no excuse not to start on this healthy diet move.

 

Mediterranean diets + olive oil = reduce inflammation

 

If you’re still not convinced on switching to the suggested diet, Martinez also said that the diet could reduce damaging inflammation, and some studies have suggested that virgin olive oil – which is unrefined and cold-pressed – might fight the beta amyloid “plaques” found clogging the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. A third mechanism (the olive oil) may be that an improvement in vascular health leads to better brain blood flow. The oxidative damage that can cause Alzheimer’s, cancer and heart disease could be protected against by these nutrients. These days, it’s not enough to just take vitamins alone as various studies have shown little benefit out of it. However, this new study shows the combination of the factors in a healthful diet does seem to have an effect.

 

Reference:

1. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/nutty-finding-olive-oil-nuts-can-protect-your-brain-6C10002814

Approval of The Morning-After Pill in the US

Approval of The Morning-After Pill in the US

Alongside Next Choice, a generic drug sold behind the counter, and Ella, a prescription-only drug, Plan B is another type of emergency contraception. According to experts, Plan B is able to reduce chances of pregnancy by up to 89% if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Although not effective for women who are already pregnant, where a fertilised egg is embedded in the wall of the uterus, Plan B has been labelled as “abortion drug” by the critics for its role in preventing ovulation and fertilisation of an egg.

 

Block on access to morning-after pill

 

In 2011, the move to limit access to the drug by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius baffled the agency. Although it will be available behind the counter in pharmacies, young girls below 17 years old were required to possess a prescription to buy the drug. In addition to that, President Obama did support this move. Being a father of two daughters, he said that it’s only common sense, adding that most parents would probably feel the same way.

 

Although Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), said that the decision was unusual and there is sufficient and reasonable, well-supported science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective, Republicans praised the move. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley stated that there is lack of scientific evidence that it’s safe to allow minors access to this drug.

 

Battle to make emergency contraception universally available

 

In April 2013, New York Judge Korman ordered the government to make the morning after pill available over the counter to all girls within 30 days, striking down the FDA rule requiring girls 16 and under to obtain a prescription for the morning after pill, saying that the restriction had been arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable. Judge Korman also criticised the Obama administration’s justification as an excuse to deprive the overwhelming majority of women of their rights to obtain contraceptives without unjustified and burdensome restrictions.

 

Days before the deadline to comply with a New York district judge’s order, FDA approved the pill without a prescription for girls aged 15 and older, requiring proof-of-age. The reproductive rights groups welcomed the FDA’s lowering of the age limit but called for fuller access. On the other hand, the justice department had fought against the judge’s order seeking to lift current age and sales limits.

 

United States approves over-the-counter sale of morning after pill

 

After months of back-and-forth legal battles, the age limit on the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill is finally lifted. Women’s Health advocates had pushed for easier access to next-day birth control for more than a decade. According to FDA drug chief, Dr Janet Woodcock, this step has the potential to decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the US.

 

References:

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16097627

2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22044790

3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22362302

4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22377070

5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10133743/US-approves-over-the-counter-sale-of-morning-after-pill.html

Majority Do Not Wash Their Hands After Using the Toilet

Study: Majority Do Not Wash Their Hands After Using the Toilet

How often do you wash your hands in a day? Before having your meal? After coming out of the toilet? Needless to say, washing our hands in these situations is programmed into our brains and it is now our reflex. However, ask yourself if you’re doing it the correct way and you might be surprised to find yourself to be paying more attention when you are washing your hands in the future by the end of this article. The problem with reflex is that it is an action so natural that you could be doing it wrong with no clue whatsoever that the contaminated hands are actually harming your health as we go on.

 

Only 5% wash their hands effectively

 

Although the fact that some people do not wash their hands before leaving the toilet might shock some of you, others might find it a norm as they are used to seeing people in their office toilets dash out without turning on the water tap. A new Michigan State University study on 3,749 Americans has found that only about 190 of them washed their hands long enough to kill infection-causing germs. Not only that, only two-thirds of them use soap and 374 of them don’t wash their hands at all. According to the Public Health Association, only 53% of the population in India wash their hands with soap after defecation while only 38% wash hands with soap before eating and another 30% do it before dealing with food preparation. All these bad habits of not washing their hands will definitely lead to a wide range of health complications.

 

Dirty hands lead to diarrhoea and many more

 

Contaminated hands can actually set off feco-oral diseases like cholera and typhoid, especially during rainy season when sanitation is poor and flies about, says Dr Anil Balani, consultant physician at Lilavati Hospital, Bandra. Other diseases associated with unclean hands are gastroenteritis, worm infestations and jaundice. To combat these, simply wash your hands with soap inside out for 10 to 15 seconds.

 

Infection-causing germs are found almost everywhere and especially rampant in kitchen rag, tap and even mobile phones. It is found that in a 2012 study by two London universities, one in six mobile phones and 14% of the currency handled had faecal bacteria on it. What is more of a shocker is the fact that the density of germs is so high that 11% of hands carried as many germs as a toilet bowl. These faecal bacteria with the ability to survive on hands and other surfaces for hours especially in warm and moist conditions is definitely a threat which could wreck shivering, viral fevers. Since it almost always causes wound infections in hospitals, it is a blessing that most established hospitals today have hand sanitizers for use, especially doctors.

 

References:

1. http://www.punemirror.in/article/89/201306162013061611492793469f63884/Talk-to-the-hand.html