By Craig Erwin, Ph.D. 12-9-2020
It’s good to be a woman, but it comes with health consequences and medical and dental expenses can eat you alive. But, no matter your gender, your expenses are likely to be far higher than you would like. There are important differences between the genders, though, including those below:
Women tend to live longer and to have higher medical expenses late in life.
Women have a higher risk of anxiety, depression, dementia, autoimmune diseases, headaches, and migraines.
Pregnancies expose women to higher health risks from depression to dementia.
Women have higher stress levels than men at every age. Chronic stress leads to brain shrinkage and reduced memory performance. Ouch!
Diet affects many things. For women, diet affects the brain’s age as well as the risk of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, depression, dementia, and menopausal symptoms.
Some of these risks come with being a female, and there is not much you can do about them. But, other risks can be reduced through diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices. Be sure you do your homework. Find out what changes you can make to be a healthy as possible for as long as possible. And then go make the changes now!