6 Potentially Fatal Diseases That Women Need To Care About

By: Niharika Choudhary
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It has just been almost a week since the world celebrated 'women's day'. Well, it was really special and all the women must appreciate the efforts others took to make this a memorable day.

Well, the truth is, women's day means something only to a handful of women in India. Rest of the women do not know anything about it. These women are not reluctant or ignorant about the importance of women's day in every woman's life. They do not care about the fact that it is the time to celebrate themselves.

When a person is trying hard to make both ends meet, only getting enough to eat one time would be their reason to celebrate, they don't have time to care what day it is.

A whopping 55 percent Indian women are anaemic. Around 13 percent of them are underweight. And half of the women is at a risk of a number of horrifying diseases.

Then too what most of the women do is take care of everybody, meet up with everyone's expectations and if at the end of the day, if they are lucky enough, they might find some time for themselves.

May be, women are meant to be this way or they have been expected to be this way; so women try to keep up with the set of expectations since ages.

In this article, we are sharing some fatal diseases that women should not just avoid. We are also expecting that after reading this article, you will be more alert and concerned about these health conditions for not only yourself but all the women around you.

Cheers to being a woman!

Heart Diseases

According to some surveys, women have much higher risk of death by heart diseases than all the cancers put together; that is scary!

Unhealthy eating habits, extremely hectic lifestyles, smoking, diabetes etc are the major hazards that put you at the risk of heart diseases.

Even the symptoms of heart attacks or strokes are different in women.

Unlike the chest pain in men during an attack, women do not feel an exact chest pain.

Instead, they might just feel very weak, experience shortness of breath, vomiting, arm pain etc which they might misunderstand as the signs of a flu or normal body-ache.

 

Breast And Cervical Cancer

In the recent times, breast and cervical cancers have emerged as the top two reasons of deaths by cancer in India.

Statistics show that the number of women suffering from breast cancer has doubled between 1990 to 2015.

A woman has a 12 percent risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.

So, it becomes crucial to do a breast self-exam for lumps everyday and if you are above the age of 45 years, you should go for mammograms.

 

Anaemia

An alarming 55 percent of Indian women suffer from anaemia.

This disease not only puts the lives of these women at risk but also complicates their pregnancy.

Complications like pregnancy related deaths, birth defects in babies, stillbirth etc are the most common ones.

 

Osteoporosis

Four out of every five woman suffer from osteoporosis.

These women generally start losing their bone mass starting from the age of 35 years!

They are more vulnerable to the risk of fractures or other bone injuries.

 

Malnutrition

According to statistics, one out of three women in India is underweight.

Not only this, about 12.8% of Indian women have an average height of 145 cm.

This height is how much an 8 or 9 year old child should be.

Sad, but true; these women are unable to get a basic balanced diet of legumes and leafy vegetables.

This lack of nutrition risks their being underweight.

 

Depression

If reports are to be believed, Indian women are more depressed than the Indian men.

Thanks to the extreme gender biased Indian mentality, women are treated as inferiors.

A lot is said and debated on gender equality and women empowerment but not much is practiced.

A long history of suppression, decades of patriarchal domination and everyday cases of crime against women is the prime reason of depression in women.

 

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Story first published: Monday, March 14, 2016, 22:00 [IST]
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