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5 Reasons Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
There are a number of reasons why women typically live longer than men. Find out why!

There are a number of reasons why women typically live longer than men. Find out why!

 

Do you want to live a long life? Of course! There are a number of things you can do to increase the longevity of your life. One of them is being a woman. Women live an average of five to 10 years longer than men. Throughout every stage of life, men are more likely to die than women. Factors such as culture, genetics and other influences can play a role in life longevity. Check out five of the reasons why women tend to live longer.

  1. Heart disease

The higher level of estrogen that women possess protects them from heart disease for 10 to 15 years longer than men. Estrogen raises good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol and makes the inner lining of the coronary arteries more flexible.

  1. Higher metabolic rates

While being able to burn calories at a higher rate helps men lose weight faster, it also means that they burn through their stem cells faster. Frequent injuries or surgeries can also use up a man’s reserves faster.

  1. Weaker social connections

Women have a tendency to interact more with people and form connections that are linked to a longer life. Women also tend to be more verbal and talk frequently with friends, which strengthens life-prolonging relationships.

  1. Riskier lifestyle habits

Although the lifestyle gap between men and women is closing, habits like smoking, eating and drinking too much, along with holding in stress, can contribute to higher blood pressure and heart disease risk.

  1. Immune system challenges

Another reason why men don’t live as long as women is associated with the immune system. Women are usually born with longer telomeres. Telomeres are the components at the end of chromosomes that act as a guide of cell age. Longer telomeres allow the immune system to function longer and healthier, causing individuals who have them to live longer.

There are other contributors to men dying sooner than women, such as their bigger body size, greater susceptibility to disease, high-risk occupations and chromosomes. Whether you are a man or woman, old or young, LA Medical has solutions to help you live a longer, better life. Contact us or check out our products in our online catalog!

Habits to Make You Happy

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by vgmforbin
Women who live happy lives have healthy habits!

Women who live happy lives have healthy habits!

 

Since this week is National Women’s Health Week, we want to write a special blog post for all of our lady readers! Women’s health is very important, as is their happiness. LA Medical wants to take a look at some of the things that happy women have made a habit of. Maybe one (or all!) of these sound like something you want to start incorporating into your daily life.

Happy women…

  • Make time for themselves

Even if it is just 10 or 15 minutes a day, find time to do something relaxing that you enjoy. Have a cup of coffee alone, take a bubble bath and just lie on your bed for a while. The point is to carve out time where it is all about you and your thoughts and feelings.

  • Have a creative outlet

Whether knitting, painting, crafting or baking, you tend to feel better about yourself when you can nurture your creative side.

  • Learn from their mistakes

Instead of getting down about the things you do wrong, learn from your mistakes to advance your personal growth.

  • Practice gratitude

An easy way to recognize the things you are grateful for is to write them down every day. When things aren’t going as you’d like, you can focus on the small things that help you get through the day.

  • Keep a journal

Journaling helps you sort out your feelings and forces you to assess what is really going on in your life.

  • Meditate

Don’t be scared by the word meditation. Just five to 10 minutes in the morning will help you stay focused throughout the day. The key is to do it regularly. All you need to do is sit quietly and quiet your mind.

Living a happy life starts with healthy habits! LA Medical wants to help inform you about ways you can live a healthier and happier life.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Ovarian CancerOne in every 71; the number of women that will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

15,000; the number of woman who will die from ovarian cancer this year.

LA Medical is interested in the total health of our customers.  September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we want to raise awareness of this deadly female cancer.

Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers, affecting almost 23,000 women every year. Of those 23,000 diagnosed with ovarian cancer, approximately 15,000 women die from the disease.

Ovarian cancer affects women in a wide age range, normally from age 35-74. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of all cancer-related deaths.  One of the reasons that ovarian cancer has such a high mortality rate is that most of the cases are diagnosed in their later stages. The cancer has often spread or is beyond a cure at that point. The key to higher survival rates of ovarian cancer early detection, but sadly only 19% of all cases are found at this early stage, many by accident.  If the caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate is usually as low as around 30%.

On the flip side, if this cancer is diagnosed and treated early, and if the cancer is confined to the ovary, the survival rate is over 90 percent for 5 years.

Where some cancers are detectable by look (skin cancer) or touch (breast cancer) there are no early detection tests or self-exam tests for ovarian cancer and even the symptoms are very subtle. Even the traditional PAP tests women take do not detect ovarian cancer.  Some of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating swelling or pressure of the abdomen, pelvic pain, persistent gas or indigestion and unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge.

If you or someone you love is suffering with ovarian cancer or recovering from treatment of the disease and would benefit from a wheelchair, a hospital bed or other home medical product, see LA Medical today.