World Stroke Day is October 29, 2016

Understanding stroke risk in women. Are you at risk? In the United States, 1 in 5 women will have a stroke. Learn more by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/ today!

Where are the most deaths by Stroke in your state?

You can go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and use their interactive Atlas of Heart disease and Stroke to get statistics for your state.  The interactive map lets you put in demographics such as race, sex, age and year.  In the sample below, I asked for information about Hispanic women over 35 between 2012-2014 in California (Where metabolic balance has our headquarters.)  The graphic below show stroke deaths per 100,000 people.  I also asked for data for White women over 35 so and men from both categories so that you can compare the graphics.  If you want to check out your state, you can go to the interactive map and input your data.

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Stroke Deaths of White Men in California 35+ 2012-2014
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Stroke Deaths of Hispanic Men in California 35+  2012-2014

 

 

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Stroke Deaths of Hispanic Women in California 35+ 2012-2014
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Stroke Deaths of White Women in California 35+ from 2012-2014 

 

 

 

 

Current Research Related to Women’s Health Issues

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy is the way to go if you are suffering from hot flashes, says an article on NPR. The expert panel looked at all the different ways women were trying to deal with hot flashes and determined that more research needed to be done on herbal remedies.  At this time, they suggested using Cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical hypnosis.  The article pointed out that the experts did not suggest using yoga or acupuncture to relieve menopausal symptom.
  • Men and Women differ on how they experience disease and respond to treatments.  A Venus v. Mars situation it seems.  According to this article, current research has shown that women process pain in a different part of their brains and that women used different immune cells to treat pain even though medical treatment for both genders was the same.  How women’s bodies deal with medicine seems to be a new field of interest helping to highlight how women’s and men’s bodies interact differently when prescribed the same medicines for pain and depression.
  • Another research study published in the journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reported that women’s fertility increased when they exercised and improved their diets. Preconception weight loss and exercise improved women’s reproductive and metabolic health.
  • There is no cure for migraines but scientists have discovered potential biomarkers for migraines in the blood.  13 % of women in the US suffer from migraines. Approximately 14 million people in the US suffer from chronic headaches which has accounted for a yearly loss of 133 million work days and costs employers 13 billion US dollars.
  • Taking a nap will significantly impact rates of heart attack.
  • It seems that patients diagnosed with osteoporosis are not being treated for the disease.  According to this article, the Indiana University study found that men were less likely to receive treatment than women and patients with multiple chronic conditions would find their osteoporosis left untreated.   The study was one of the first comprehensive data study examining data from patients in urban, rural and different ethnic groups.  Research suggests that one in two women age 50 and older will break bones due to osteoporosis.
  • If you are a woman, higher insulin resistance can cause language problems.  One interesting comment by Dr. Ekblad is that the men from the risk group usually die earlier from heart disease so are no around to develop Alzheimers.  This study does not show cause and effect just correlation.  The study is a warning to younger adults who have insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Ekblad states “It’s likely that simple lifestyle interventions such as physical exercise and a healthier diet will have a positive effect on cognitive skills and possibly even reduce the risk for dementia.”