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Women’s health is something that is often overlooked, because of the constant stream of chaos in our daily lives. Yet, it is a vital element that brings us the better health that we deserve. Health begins with what we put into our bodies and how we treat them. In recent years, findings have been accumulating that emphasize the effect of healthy weight and moderate weight loss combined with exercise, on promoting health and reducing the risk of prevalent diseases in modern society: heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and even cancer.
Healthy Weight – Healthy Women
The key to taking responsibility for your health lies first and foremost in healthy weight. Obesity involves a significantly higher risk for most of the leading diseases in modern society. There are however some things that are beyond our control. Thyroid issues can lead to easy weight gain and certain contraception may contribute, but this may be a vital medication in your life.
Body composition and fat distribution
In recent years, the distribution of fat in the body has been considered as a factor associated with heart disease. Two forms of obesity are distinguished:
- Obesity that is concentrated mainly in the abdominal area is more typical in men and is associated with a higher risk of heart disease.
- Obesity that is concentrated mainly in the thigh area is called typical in women of childbearing age and associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Upon entering menopause, the type of obesity of women changes as we age. Therefore it is key to keep track of where the weight is being gained.
Exercise is your friend
More and more studies are being published recently on the positive contribution of exercise as a real tool for reducing the risk factors for diseases prevalent in modern society. Exercise has been found to be effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity, hypertension and osteoporosis and even certain cancers.
Exercise can also help with quitting smoking and even improves mood significantly. This is a varied activity ranging from moderate walking to more vigorous activity. It was found that increased activity to a certain level, was more effective than moderate activity. It was also found that even shorter activities several times a day had a positive effect. However, it is important to emphasize that exercise can also have risks, especially for people who have not done it before. Therefore you should consult a doctor before starting physical activity and with a professional in the field in order to adjust the type and pace to each one according to their lifestyle.
A Mediterranean diet!
Take some tips from some of the healthiest countries in the world. By adding a little more to your diet, you can feel healthier from week one:
- Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables and fruits.
- The Mediterranean diet is rich in whole grains and beans.
- The main source of fat in the Mediterranean diet is olive oil – rich in fatty acids monounsaturated and nuts.
- In the Mediterranean diet the sources of protein are: fish, cheese, yogurt, chicken and eggs.