General women’s health

Introduction to General Women’s Health

Women do need special consideration when it comes to diet.

Women also need to consider their diet as they go through their life stages, so a woman’s diet may need to change when young comapred to when going through the menopause.  Diet before pregnancy and duing pregnancy also needs special consideration as what a woman eats then will also affect her offspring.

Women also don’t need as many calories as men and so it is important to get the quality right and watch the quantity.

Women have various organs and systems that respond to diet, for example, if a woman has breast pain; it can be modified by diet.  Whether you have PMS or painful periods can also be affected by diet.

Finally, heart disease was considered to be something men primarily got, but we know that women reach the same incidence level as men after they have gone through the menopause and also if they carry weight around their tummies their risk reaches that of men.  But women’s key risk facotrs for heart diease and stroke can be different to men’s and the way heart disease manifests itself is different in women too

This website hopefully can help give up to date information for an assortment of women’s health ailments and cover off the different stages women go through so that it is possible to adopt the best dietary approach for them

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Self compassion is important for women

Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index (BMI) and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives.

Research out of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo found that this self-compassion might be an important means to increase positive body image and protect girls and young women against unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders.

A high level of acceptance and understanding of oneself seems to  help people not necessarily view their bodies more positively, but rather acknowledge their bodies’ imperfections and be fine with them.

This study gathered data from 153 female undergraduate students and used BMI calculations based on each participant’s self-reported height and weight. The research team administered a series of questionnaires assessing levels of self-compassion, self-esteem, body image, and eating behaviours.

The study appears in the journal Body Image.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

High protein breakfast could help control blood glucose in women

High-protein breakfasts could help maintain blood sugar control

By Nathan Gray+, 14-May-2014

Women consuming a high-protein breakfast may have better control over glucose and insulin levels, and could be at a lower risk of developing diabetes, say researchers.

http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/High-protein-breakfasts-could-help-maintain-blood-sugar-control

 

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013

#Overweight women who skip #breakfast have a greater potential for developing #diabetes

Overweight women who skip breakfast  can develop   insulin resistance, a condition that can develop into full blown diabetes.   A new study found that this could happen only one day of skipping breakfast.

In insulin resistance, a person requires more insulin to bring their glucose, or blood sugar, into a normal range as the insulin fails to act appropriately.

The research looked at  nine non-diabetic women, with an average age of 29, who were overweight or obese. The study took place on two days about a month apart. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive either breakfast or no breakfast at the first visit and the opposite at the second visit. Four hours later, all subjects ate the same standardised lunch at each visit. They had blood samples taken every 30 minutes after lunch for three hours to test their insulin and glucose levels.

After eating a meal, it is normal for blood glucose to rise and for insulin to be pumped put; however  he women’s insulin and glucose levels after lunch were significantly higher on the day they skipped breakfast than on the day when they ate breakfast  i.e. they had developed insulin resistance. This may contribute to the development of chronic insulin resistance,  which can lead to pre-diabetes and diabetes over time.

This information provides another reason to get health professionals to encourage s better to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast than to skip breakfast.

 

 

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