‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’, this may not necessarily hold true for everyone in today’s busy modern lifestyle, especially for women.
We all have heard about the road less traveled. But what about the road traveled only by women?
From being housewives to successful tycoons. Women have always traveled an extra mile in comparison to men. The role of women in our society has seen a stupendous transformation. Globally, we have seen a sharp inflating rate of women’s participations in the workforce. Most of the Indian working women have to juggle their schedules between their work productivity and domestic chores. Handling all the struggles and hurdles women have proved themselves in all kinds of fields.
But what’s hidden is the untold truth about the ill-effects of changing lifestyle.
MODERN LIFESTYLE: THE LETHAL CHANGE!
We live in the era of stress. Work pressure, deadlines, night shifts exhausts male-female alike. In this hustle and bustle, we harm our physical and mental health involuntarily. Stress can cause hormonal disturbances in women which further degrades their overall health.
Once when people get into the race of having a successful career, schedules get tight and health takes a back seat. People fail to keep their diet under check. Nutrition is neglected poor nutrition is fuels a lot of health related problems. We live sedentary lifestyles. There’s less of physical activities and body exercise. We spend nearly half of our lives sitting. This inactiveness can actually cost us a lot. It may even cause obesity which is yet another cause for numerous ailments. about 80 percent of urban working women in the 25-45 age group are experiencing weight gains as a result of a sedentary lifestyle.
Lifestyle choices are important factors in determining our health to a great extent. Women’s wellbeing has adversely been affected by the lifestyle we all our adopting now. Health complications are arising incidences of disorders are increasing at alarming rates. This rapidly growing life is directly affecting our health.
Following are 5 diseases that are caused by our modern lifestyle.
1) BREAST CANCER
The incidence of breast cancer has been steadily rising. It has also pointed out that the diagnosis has been at the later stages according to the statistics of WHO, more than 60% of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer at stage III or IV in India.
What makes the Breast Cancer so common?
Simply, our modern lifestyle!
- Alcohol consumption has adverse health effect it can even cause breast cancer studies say that drinking small amounts can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
- According to the International Agency for Research into Cancer working on night, shifts can increase your risk of breast cancer.
- Women who have not had children or who had their first child after age 30 have a slightly higher breast cancer risk overall.
2) IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLES
With the rapid change in the lifestyle, directly affects the menstrual cycle. A data says around 30% of the women have irregular menstrual cycles around the world
What makes this true?
Two predominant reasons for irregular menstrual cycles are the high level of stress and poor diet.
- Overexertion and work pressure and other emotional factors can leave people with a lot of stress.If the stress level causes hormonal imbalanced then irregular periods is the
- If the nutritional demands of the body are not met then its functional ability decreases. Henceforth, poor nutrition is linked to irregular menstrual cycles.
Osteoporosis is a highly common disorder which causes a sharp decrease in the density and strength of bones.
Our inactive lifestyle increases the risk for developing osteoporosis. Our body demands physical activities but we have adjusted ourselves to a sedentary lifestyle. Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than man.
- After women reach menopause there’s a decrease in the estrogen level which weakens the bone. The risk of fractures increases manifolds.
- 20 to 30% women develop osteoporosis after they reach menopause.
Not being able to bear a child can be a cause great anguish to some women. One out of every five couples is childless. Reasons could be male infertility or female infertility. But this is not a good state of the number.
Infertility among women is associated with improper diet intake, smoking alcohol and drug abuse. With the changing lifestyle habits these factors have found prevalence and hence infertility in women has increase manifolds in these decades. Factors causing infertility in women include improper diet, smoking alcohol and drug abuse.
Some of the infertility related disorders are as follows
- 1 in 5 women is affected by polycystic ovarian syndrome in India. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a medical condition under which small cysts grow inside the ovaries. These cysts cause major hormonal imbalances due to which there can be irregular periods, acne and growth of hair on face, belly or back.
- OBESITY is a factor that can predispose you to PCOS. PCOS is associated with other serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease.
- One in every four Indian women develops uterine fibroids, and this is the single most common cause of infertility in this population.
5) EATING DISORDERS
We are affected by the media more than we think. Media has the power to channelize our thoughts. It has somehow created some beauty standards in the minds of the people. People who think they
do not match with these standards can even develop psychological disorders.
Women being more likely to be conscious about their body shapes develop disorders like Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia.
People with Anorexia Nervosa have distorted body images they are not comfortable with their bodies they see themselves as fat and engage themselves in dieting even if they are thin there’s an intense fear of gaining weight. Thoughts about dieting, food, and body dominate their mind and behavior. They may even try to lose weight by starving themselves, exercising excessively, or using laxatives, vomiting, or other methods to purge after eating. This disease can be life taking.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!
The ongoing lifestyle changes might have affected the health in numerous ways but with corrected lifestyle, this hurdle too can be crossed. It is your lifestyle that directly governs your health. Physical activities, what you eat, your time management, your habits, govern your lifestyle and directly affects your health.
- Implementing time management techniques so that there is lesser stress and health is also not neglected.
- Avoiding junk food
- Exercising on regular basis. A brisk walk of 15 minutes is enough. Yoga and meditation can help restore peace of mind.
- Taking nutritious diet.
- Not skipping meals
- Periodic medical check-ups.
- Avoiding drinking and smoking
A proper balance between your work and personal life is the much-needed factor in order to keep yourself healthy and fit.
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