To All The Ladies: Your Unique Healthcare

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Some information provided by the National Institute of Health.

Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic offers health services that exclusively focuses on women and their life transitions. ADC offers gender-specific medicine simply because women and men experience health and disease differently. HerCare offers a variety of different Woman’s health solutions including:

  • Sexual health including sexual dysfunction
  • Preoperative risk assessment
  • Cardiovascular risk profile and prevention
  • Midlife hormone management therapy
  • Osteoporosis and treatments including Bisphosphonate alternatives
  • Vulvar diseases
  • Well-woman exams

Gender Specific Science

It’s no secret that there are vast differences in reproductive health between men and women, however, there are also several other ways that men’s health differs from women’s. For example, men and women both experience different symptoms for the same medical problem. Men are also at higher risk of developing certain conditions, such as toxic occupational exposure, and women are at higher risk of developing others, such as osteoporosis, or thinning bones. Because there are differences in men’s and women’s health, different approaches are sometimes taken to prevent and treat various health conditions.

Women’s Health

Did you know that studies have shown that women live longer than men? Women live an average of 5 years longer, but they tend to be “sicker” than men. Despite a longer lifespan, there are conditions that might affect women primarily or more severely than men. For example, almost 12% of women in the United States are at risk for developing breast cancer during their lifetime. Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1% of existing breast cancer cases. Certain health issues and their different effects on women are listed below:

  • Alcohol abuse: While men are more likely to become dependent on, or addicted to, alcohol than women are throughout their lifetime, the health effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism (when someone shows signs of addiction to alcohol) are more serious in women.
  • Heart disease: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Although heart disease is also the leading cause of death for men in the United States, women are more likely to die following a heart attack than men are.
  • Mental health: Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men are.
  • Osteoarthritis: Arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability in the United States. The condition affects almost 27 million people, and affects more women than men.
  • Reproductive health: Women are able to carry and deliver babies.
  • Urinary tract health: Women are more likely than men are to experience urinary tract problems. For example, urinary incontinence affects twice as many women as men due to the way the female urinary tract is structured.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases: The effect of STDs/STIs on women can be more serious than on men. Untreated STDs/STIs cause infertility in at least 24,000 women each year in the United States.
  • Stress: According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, stress is on the rise for women. Women are more likely to report having stress, and almost 50% of all women in the survey, compared to 39% of the men, reported that their stress had increased over the past 5 years.
  • Stroke: More women than men suffer a stroke each year.

Women and men experience health and disease differently, which is why “Her Care” matters. Take control of your health today! Contact us if you have any questions or to set up an appointment.

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Updated – Free Lecture “Hormone Cookbook” Feat. Dr. Joanna Wilson

Jan 2014

What: FREE LECTURE

When: Friday, January 10, 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Where: Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic, Lobby, Building B

Topic: Hormones and Women’s Health

How Is A Woman’s Sleep Unique?

From the experts at ADC’s HerCare

ImageHow well a woman sleeps has an effect on her quality of life. Being a woman, you probably know that there has been very little research on the sleep problems that only occur in women. If you suffered sleep problems, you may gave found healthcare professionals did not always take your sleep complaints seriously. Recent studies, however, have focused on women’s sleep patterns, needs and special problems. Did you know, for instance, that women are twice as likely as men to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?

Research has also shown that women’s sleep changes over time. In general, women sleep most soundly and are least likely to have sleep troubles when they are young adults. Sleep problems in young adulthood are usually related to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and motherhood. Also, young women who live a fast-paced lifestyle often cut back on sleep and ignore signs of fatigue, which can lead to daytime sleepiness, poor concentration and other daytime problems.

As women age, physical and hormonal changes affect the quality of sleep. Older women get less deep sleep and are more likely to wake up at night. Physical factors–such as arthritis, disorders of breathing, or hot flashes–may also disturb their sleep.

Sleep may also be disturbed when women feel stress, depression, fear or other strong emotions.

Getting enough sleep is very important to everyone’s life. Women who take care of home, work and family should know that getting sleep can improve concentration, job perfomance, social interaction, relationships and overall well-being.