National Women’s Health and Fitness Day: Hip pain, low estrogen, heart attack, and lower abdominal pain in women

September 27th is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. It is the largest health promotion event for women of all ages, which focuses on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness. We at Bel Marra want to do our part and inform our female readers about health concerns that affect them or their loved ones, so we have compiled a list of our best female-oriented articles. You will find information on low estrogen, hip pain, heart attack, and lower abdominal pain in women. We hope that all our readers take their physical health very seriously, as it is the key to a healthy life.

Hip pain in women: Causes and pain relief tips

One of the most commonly complained about ailments in older people is hip pain. Depending on how severe your hip pain is and what the cause is, the treatment will vary. By determining the exact location of your hip pain, you’ll be able to better locate the cause.

If you are experiencing pain on the outside of your hip or in the surrounding area, it may be due to problems in the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and soft tissues surrounding the hips. If the pain is on the inside of the hip, you may have a problem with the actual hip joint. Continue reading

low-estrogenLow estrogen in women: Symptoms, causes, and home remedies

Low estrogen in women can signify a change of physical functions in the body and many people are surprised to hear that low estrogen is responsible for their unusual symptoms.

Estrogen is a hormone that plays a big role in maintaining good health. Although men produce estrogen, it is commonly thought of as a female hormone because women produce it at much higher levels. Hormones carry messages through the bloodstream that help start, stop, speed up, and slow down chemical processes in the body. Estrogen is responsible for sexual development, bone and cholesterol metabolism, controlling menstrual cycles, and regulating food intake as well as weight, glucose metabolism, and insulin sensitivity. Continue reading

Tips-for-reducing-the-risk-of-heart-attack-in-womenTips for reducing the risk of heart attack in women

Approximately 43 million American women have heart disease, though many of them do not even realize. Heart disease is the number one cause of death among Americans, and both men and women need to be aware of their specific risk factors and symptoms, as these can vary by sex. February is American Heart Month, and in recognition of National Wear Red Day—which took place on February 5th to raise awareness for women’s heart health—we’ve compiled some tips to help the females in your life reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack or other cardiac event.

Stress test. Beginning approximately ten years after menopause, women should request a stress test to review the functioning of their heart if they have a family history of heart disease or are obese. Also, women who are planning to start a new exercise regimen—specifically a more intensive one—should first undergo a stress test, as well as those who experience shortness of breath or the sensation of pressure on their chest when walking uphill. Continue reading

Lower-abdominal-pain-in-womenLower abdominal pain in women: Causes and treatments

A lot of people experience tummy pain at some point in their lives, but lower abdominal pain in women is rather common. The reasons for this pain vary from person to person, so treatment should not follow a one size fits all approach.

The abdomen is the area containing your digestive organs and is bound by the pelvic bone and diaphragm. Abdominal pain, including lower abdominal pain, is usually a term used to describe the pain that comes from organs within the abdominal cavity. Those organs include the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas. In women, the lowest portion of the abdomen is actually the pelvis and involves the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if the pain is in the abdomen or the pelvis area. Lower abdominal pain can be frightening for a woman since there is a tendency for them to think that it could jeopardize their reproductive process, but that is not always the case. The most common reason for lower abdominal pain in women is menstruation. Continue reading

home remediesHome remedies for common aging women’s problems

Menopause… it’s a word many women dread and don’t really like to use. But in reality, it’s not the transition itself that is bothersome and uncomfortable. Postmenopausal women would confess that they feel relief not having their lives dictated by their menstrual cycle. What’s worrying for women undergoing this change are the symptoms. The legendary night sweats and hot flashes can turn any woman’s life upside down.

First and foremost, do not panic. These symptoms are common, but the frequency and severity of which they appear vary depending on health, age, and lifestyle. There are many natural remedies and lifestyle adjustments available to make your transition into menopause smoother and more enjoyable. Here are some of the things that may come in handy in the wake of impending menopause. Continue reading

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