Common health problems in working women

Economic independence is a boon for females. Working women can take their own decisions, live life as per their expectations and enjoy freedom of spending. However, you fail to notice the struggle or adverse effect on health. Blame it on to the hectic lifestyle, work load, added responsibilities, menopause or hormonal changes, working females suffer more than working males. Here we are listing a few health issues and trying to seek solutions to address them.

  1. Obesity – Sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and poor eating habits are main reasons for increasing obesity. Obesity leads to PCOD, diabetes and related problems.
  2. Hypertension – Stressful working conditions, less time to relax and certain medical factors increase the risk of hypertension. Hypertension along with diabetes can cause further health issues.
  3. Stroke – Lifestyle negligence are mainly responsible for heath problems. Nowadays heart problems can start from age of 35 years.
  4.  PCOD – It is caused due to hormonal imbalance and effects fertility. It may require surgical interventions, though medicines, weight loss and exercise can help.
  5. Insomnia – Late night work and changing shifts along with stressful schedules results in insomnia. Sleep deprivation cause other health problems.
  6. Musculoskeletal Issues – Chronic back pain or neck pain is a common amongst working class ladies.
  7. Thyroid related issues – Apart from genetic factors certain external factors leads to endocrine imbalance in females. There is a continual increase in number of patients with hyper/hypothyroidism.
  8. Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) – Many working ladies complain of losing interest in sex. Though they may want to enjoy sex, they suffer from FSAD, due to fatigue, lack of sleep and stress. This can adversely affect their relation with their partners.
  9. Mental problems – Apart from various physical problems, there are quite a few mental issues also.  Like depression and anxiety. 4 in 10 females in contrast to 1 in 10 males suffer from depression and need treatment. Guilt of not being able to spend enough time with family, work related stress, other physical illness disturb an individually mentally and emotionally.

Leaving your career may not be a solution to all these problems. Though we cannot completely get rid of these problems, we can surely make efforts to reduce them,

  1. Avoid obesity by exercising daily.  Opt for brisk walk, jogging, yoga or gym. Ideally 45 minutes would be good, but if you cannot manage try to do as much as you can.
  2. You are what you eat. So make sure you eat right food in right proportion at equal intervals. Most of the times we stuff ourselves as we are unsure about our next break. We land of consuming too much of fast food which is not healthy.
    Remember a few tips – Never skip breakfast, carry food with you like fruits or bread which you can consume on the way, eat more of vegetables, cereals and lean meat.  Do not skip meals.
  3. Substitute your fad food with fruits or salad. Drink more water and less soda. Make efforts to cut down on caffeine.
  4. Switch off TV, computers/laptops at least 2 hours before bedtime. This helps in reduce sleeping problems.
  5. Do not miss routine checkups. A lot of diseases like breast cancer can be treated if diagnosed early.
  6. Anaemia and calcium deficiency can be avoided easily by eating iron and calcium rich vegetables and fruits.
  7. Take out time for yourself, enjoy by spending quality time with family or friends, gang up with your group, and plan a picnic. This will refresh your mood and keep depression and anxiety at bay.
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