Health Concerns for Women over Fifty

Just a little information on health concerns for women over fifty from Divine Providence Home Health Agency………….

Women over fifty years of age suffer from health concerns more frequently than in their youthful years.  As the female body ages, the body answers back symptomatically, allowing you to know how it feels.  Yes, your body talks to you.  There are many health concerns that affect the elderly woman 86% more than a female body beneath the age of concerns in women over fifty

* Hormones: As the essential hormone Estrogen, declines. The body begins to suffer the effects.   Estrogen is a universal name for a group of hormone composites.  Men and women alike share this hormone, but higher amounts of the hormone are found in women.  Estrogen controls a woman’s ability to reproduce.  A decrease or complete stall of estrogen (menopause) can cause severe complications to an elderly woman: water retention, high cholesterol, as well as being linked to a cause of breast cancer.  The lack of Estrogen in the female body causes uncomfortable body reactions, such as night sweats, mood swings, and hot flashes.  Estrogen also controls the “emotion” circuit in the female brain.  Once the hormone begins to vanish from the body, the elderly become plagued with uncontrollable tears or bouts of excessive anger.  Low Estrogen can be determined by the levels in the blood.  Once the hormone deficiency is correctly diagnosed, synthetic ( pharmaceutical ) hormones will be prescribed, which in return, helps control emotions, hot flashes, excessive perspiration, mood swings, an decreases risk of breast cancer.

* Cardiovascular Disease: Better known as heart disease, it is the number one killer in women over fifty.  Heart disease usually develops when plaque builds on the arterial walls, restricting blood flow, which in return, stresses the heart, causing it to have to work hard to pump blood through the system.  Symptoms of a heart attack in women are very diverse from that of a man.  Symptoms include: labored breathing, upper back pressure that squeezes with such force the body feels like it may burst, discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach, cold sweat, nausea, and chest pain.  The use of tobacco products heightens the risk of heart attack. If a heart attack is expected, one should call for emergency services immediately.

* Type 2 Diabetes: With Type 2 Diabetes, the body fails to produce enough insulin for proper function, which causes the cells to become insulin resistant (the cells no longer respond).  Women over fifty develop extra abdominal cellulite, which opens a door for Diabetes.  Once Diabetes has set in, this opens up an opportunity for Peripheral nerves to become damaged, causing pain and numbness in the feet.  Diabetes can be treated with exercise, healthy diet, and sometimes insulin shots are needed for severe cases.  Peripheral nerve damage can be treated with Anodyne Therapy, a light therapy which works to relieve/resolve pain.

* Alzheimer’s disease: This is a detrimental disease, a form of dementia, which is an irreversible brain disorder that that slowly progresses over time, damaging brain cells (neurons).  Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are extreme forgetfulness, confusion, inability to recall recent information, but possessing the ability to remember past events, such as childhood, fluently.  Alzheimer’s must be diagnosed by a physician via series of testing, and it can be treated with

medications, but there is no cure.  Medications such as Aricept, Exelon, and Ryzadyne work to increase the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which is a natural chemical used for memory and learning.

Know Your Body

No one knows your body better than yourself.  It is important to take note of changes in the body, even if they aren’t severe at first.  Prevention is so important.  Return to your physician for regular checkups.  Your doctor will have your medical records, such as past blood work and/or EKG test results.  Do not be afraid to speak to your doctor.

If those who are reading this are involved in administering care in a home health environment, listen to your patients, and know them well.  Pay close attention to pain symptoms, unusual emotional disturbances, and an overall change in health.  Diagnosing a disease before it progresses is of the upmost importance in order to live a long, healthy life.  Finally, follow the advice of medical personnel, whom have your best interest in mind.  If you are a woman over fifty or if an elderly woman is in your care please heed this advice.

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