Obesity is a known risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer. A recent study out of Israel found that obese or overweight 17- and 18-year-olds can have an increased risk of developing colon and rectal cancer, and the risk may be increased as high as 50%! We now have another reason to encourage good eating and exercise habits for our children. The earlier these healthy life style habits begin, the better.
A recent small study of menopausal women with frequent hot flashes may show a relationship between these flashes and an increased chance of developing heart disease. Frequent hot flashes meant that the women experienced these flashes 5-6 times per day.
In the study, changes were seen in the vessels of the cardiovascular system. This again points to the importance of menopausal women having regular visits with their health care professionals to assess their cardiovascular health!
The risk of suffering from a heart attack increases for women after going through menopause. It seems that estrogen is heart protective, and after the menses stops, estrogen production greatly decreases. Therefore, heart problems become more of a concern.
It is important to remember that more women die of heart disease each year than men. This may be attributed to the fact that women do not seek medical attention as quickly as men when possible heart concerns develop. When suffering a heart attack, most men will describe crushing or squeezing chest pain while women will have no chest pain or simply a fullness feeling in the chest. Many women during a heart attack may complain of dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, and weakness.
Please be alert for a woman’s special signs of a heart attack, and do not delay a trip to the ER. Your family and close ones need you!