Female sex alone can mean an increased risk of some diseases! We checked how to reduce these possibilities…
In fact, there is a big difference between the sexes when it comes to certain diseases. And we don’t just mean the very obvious ones here, like breast cancer, endometriosis, or polycystic ovary syndrome. In reality, women are at greater risk of developing some very common health problems, such as depression, insomnia, and migraines, just because of their gender. It’s not fair, but it’s real. So we checked out why this is happening and what we can do to protect our health!
Statistics:A study conducted in Australia in 2015 found that 50 percent more women than men reported insomnia experience over a 12-month period. Older insomnia studies in European countries have shown the same.
Why:Hormonal changes play an important role, especially around menopause, which increases the risk of insomnia. But recent research shows that women are more likely to inherit certain genes that increase the chance of developing sleep problems.
How to resist:Dedicate 20 minutes each day to mindful meditation. According to some research, regular meditation can greatly improve the quality of sleep in people suffering from insomnia.
Statistics: One in six women over the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer’s disease, compared to one in 11 men.
Why:The female brain tends to accumulate more amyloid, a protein that creates plaque between cells, which plays a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers still don’t know why, and one theory is that two X chromosomes increase the chance of inheriting a gene that increases risk.
How to resist:With a lifestyle change and a special diet that can reduce the risk by up to 53 percent, according to a 2015 study. Even a moderate diet can reduce the risk by up to 35 percent. The diet includes:
Diet: At least six servings of green leafy vegetables a week, other vegetables at least once a day, five servings of nuts a week, two or more servings of berries a week, at least three servings of legumes a week, three or more servings of whole grains a day, fish once a week and poultry twice a week .
Use: Olive oil as the main cooking oil.
Drinking: One glass of wine a day.
Avoidance: Red meat, butter and margarine, cheese, fried foods and fast food, pastries and sweets.
Statistics: One in five women will experience depression at some point in their lives, compared to one in eight men.
Why:Some life events increase the risk of depression, such as the birth of a child or early menopause. Menopause can be a risk factor, even if you have already suffered from depression. In addition, women are usually the main caregivers of other family members, which can increase the risk of depression.
How to resist:Spend at least half an hour a week in nature. Walk on the grass or among the trees and you will have less chance of developing depression, a 2016 study found. The time we spend in nature leads to reduced brain activity associated with reasoning and repetitive negative thoughts. This, in turn, is an important factor in the development of depression.
Statistics: It occurs in three times more women than men.
Why:Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of autoimmune disease, a group of diseases that predominate in women. The exact reasons are not yet known, but it is concluded that the X chromosome and resistance-related genes play a role in this.
How to resist:Eat fatty fish (salmon and tuna) that are high in omega 3 fatty acids at least once a week. If you do not eat fish, provide another source of these fats, as they block inflammatory substances and help reduce the risk of RA by up to 52 percent. Fish oil, however, has also been shown to be effective in reducing joint sensitivity and stiffness in RA patients.
Statistics:One in five women will experience a stroke in their lifetime, compared to one in six men. A large proportion of those who die from stroke, however, are women.
Why:Women have some unique risk factors for stroke, including the use of hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills, which can increase the chance of blood clots forming, leading to ischemic stroke. Women also have more chances of rupturing blood vessels in the brain, causing a hemorrhagic stroke.
How to resist:Get more exercise. Your risk of having a stroke drops by more than a third, the more you are active after the age of 45. More than 4 hours of exercise a week means 20 percent less chance of high blood pressure, which is a known risk factor for stroke.