Mothers Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week. The top health concern pertaining to women may surprise you.
While we naturally associate women’s health with systems and organs unique to women, it may surprise you that dreaded diseases such as breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers or reproductive health issues are not at the top of the list for female causes of death — Women’s Heart Disease is!
In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 21.8% of females of all ages and ethnicities died of heart disease making it the most common cause of death. In the 65-84 year old age bracket, that statistic jumped to 26.9% and was even more common in the 85 and older demographic at 28.6%.
As such, with women’s heart disease at the head of the list as the cause of death for women, we need to take it quite seriously. There are plenty of physical risk factors for this such as poor nutrition, being overweight, lack of exercise, and smoking. Still, we should not overlook something that we take for granted in modern day society — STRESS! Of course, we need to address those critical physical. However, stress management is something that is often shunted aside. We should make it our business to help our beloved mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters with this as well.
Helpful Infographics to Download
To that end, I am linking you to two helpful infographics from the American Heart Association. One is titled Women and Stress which has tips on how to reduce stress and the other is Loving-Kindness Meditation which details how we can be kind and accepting of ourselves and others. Many studies attest to the fact that meditation has wonderful effects on your psyche. Hope they help to de-stress and promote serenity for you and your loved ones!