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BOOK ABSTRACT

CHAPTER 2: PHYSICAL HEALTH ISSUES

PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS

The pelvic floor is the sling of muscles found in between the thighs and on which the organs of the pelvis rest…. The floor is pierced by the urethra, vagina and anus and its strength is important for maintaining the pelvic organs in their position……….

WOMEN AND LOW BACK PAIN

Low back pain is regarded as the most common disorder of the muscles and skeletal system…..

Causes of Low Back Pain

Several factors enumerated below are responsible for low back pain especially in women.

Flabby Tummy

The muscles of the tummy and the low back work together in the course of our daily activities during sitting, bending, standing and while performing household chores. When the tummy muscles become weak and flabby, the muscles and ligaments on the low back undergo a lot of strain and eventually become painful…………………..

CHAPTER 3: LIFESTYLE ISSUES

ABDOMINAL OBESITY

Belly fat, or body fat in the central area of the body has been known to be a risk factor for a variety of diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes mellitus regardless of how obese an individual is. When evaluating how healthy an individual is, the issue is not just how much a person weighs, but how much of the fat is located in the abdomen………..

Assessing Belly Fat

The desirable and healthy body shape is a ‘Pear shape’ in which the accumulated fat is in the lower part of the body and is subcutaneous (the type that can be pinched), while fat in the abdominal area; the ‘Apple shape’ is largely visceral. Central body fat can be assessed by the waist-to-hip- ratio (WHR). This is done by dividing the waist measurement at its narrowest point by the hip measurement at its widest point…………

Risk Factors for Belly Fat Accumulation

Stress

A lot is known about the effects of prolonged stress on the functions of the body but beyond this, stress can cause an individual to accumulate fat in the abdomen…….

Managing Visceral Fat

 In times of chronic stress, the relaxation response can be induced through techniques such as aerobic exercises, deep breathing exercises, and other stress-management techniques.

 Regular moderate-intensity physical activities of at least 30 minutes per day (and up to 60 minutes per day) such as brisk walking and jogging have been found to effectively reduce belly fat. ……….

 

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS (UTI)

This is otherwise known as acute bacterial cystitis and is a result of ascending infections from the perineum. It is much more common in women because the female urethra is shorter and closer to the anus where it can be easily contaminated with feacal organisms… Also, after menopause, changes in hormonal profile can predispose a woman to urinary tract infections …..

Preventing UTI

The following measures can be taken to keep UTI away

¡ Drink plenty of water always

¡ Empty the bladder before and after sex.

¡ Wipe from front to back when you visit the toilet……………………….

 

CHAPTER 4: METABOLIC HEALTH ISSUES

OSTEOPOROSIS

This is otherwise known as ‘porous bones’ and is a disease in which the bones become weak and fragile resulting in an increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis affects mainly women and is responsible for millions of fractures annually, mostly involving the lumbar vertebrae (low back), hip, and wrist……………

Osteoporosis itself has no symptoms but its main complication is the increased risk of bone fractures which can result in deep vein thrombosis that may eventually lead to death especially in the elderly. The risk of osteoporosis can be significantly reduced with lifestyle changes which include diet and exercise………….

CHAPTER 2: PHYSICAL HEALTH ISSUES

PELVIC FLOOR DISORDERS

The pelvic floor is the sling of muscles found in between the thighs and on which the organs of the pelvis rest…. The floor is pierced by the urethra, vagina and anus and its strength is important for maintaining the pelvic organs in their position……….

WOMEN AND LOW BACK PAIN

Low back pain is regarded as the most common disorder of the muscles and skeletal system…..

Causes of Low Back Pain

Several factors enumerated below are responsible for low back pain especially in women.

Flabby Tummy

The muscles of the tummy and the low back work together in the course of our daily activities during sitting, bending, standing and while performing household chores. When the tummy muscles become weak and flabby, the muscles and ligaments on the low back undergo a lot of strain and eventually become painful…………………..

CHAPTER 3: LIFESTYLE ISSUES

ABDOMINAL OBESITY

Belly fat, or body fat in the central area of the body has been known to be a risk factor for a variety of diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes mellitus regardless of how obese an individual is. When evaluating how healthy an individual is, the issue is not just how much a person weighs, but how much of the fat is located in the abdomen………..

Assessing Belly Fat

The desirable and healthy body shape is a ‘Pear shape’ in which the accumulated fat is in the lower part of the body and is subcutaneous (the type that can be pinched), while fat in the abdominal area; the ‘Apple shape’ is largely visceral. Central body fat can be assessed by the waist-to-hip- ratio (WHR). This is done by dividing the waist measurement at its narrowest point by the hip measurement at its widest point…………

Risk Factors for Belly Fat Accumulation

Stress

A lot is known about the effects of prolonged stress on the functions of the body but beyond this, stress can cause an individual to accumulate fat in the abdomen…….

Managing Visceral Fat

 In times of chronic stress, the relaxation response can be induced through techniques such as aerobic exercises, deep breathing exercises, and other stress-management techniques.

 Regular moderate-intensity physical activities of at least 30 minutes per day (and up to 60 minutes per day) such as brisk walking and jogging have been found to effectively reduce belly fat. ……….

 

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS (UTI)

This is otherwise known as acute bacterial cystitis and is a result of ascending infections from the perineum. It is much more common in women because the female urethra is shorter and closer to the anus where it can be easily contaminated with feacal organisms… Also, after menopause, changes in hormonal profile can predispose a woman to urinary tract infections …..

Preventing UTI

The following measures can be taken to keep UTI away

¡ Drink plenty of water always

¡ Empty the bladder before and after sex.

¡ Wipe from front to back when you visit the toilet……………………….

 

CHAPTER 4: METABOLIC HEALTH ISSUES

OSTEOPOROSIS

This is otherwise known as ‘porous bones’ and is a disease in which the bones become weak and fragile resulting in an increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis affects mainly women and is responsible for millions of fractures annually, mostly involving the lumbar vertebrae (low back), hip, and wrist……………

Osteoporosis itself has no symptoms but its main complication is the increased risk of bone fractures which can result in deep vein thrombosis that may eventually lead to death especially in the elderly. The risk of osteoporosis can be significantly reduced with lifestyle changes which include diet and exercise………….