Chronic Illnesses Affect Women’s Health at Higher Rates
Did you know women tend to be diagnosed with chronic illness at younger ages than men? Despite that, women still live longer than men, but often in poorer health. Women are also often long-term caretakers for patients of all genders with chronic conditions. These realities paint a poignant picture of how chronic illness affects women’s health on multiple levels.
Women need practical tools to take care of their health.
Make Self-Care a Priority
Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally is a vital part of combating the symptoms of chronic illness. Check out our tips and tricks on how to make self-care a priority. Some easy ways to start?
- Get enough sleep.
- Try yoga or other healthy activities to increase your fitness.
- Learn to love yourself.
You’re Not Alone — Connect with Others
Did you know that 74% of Multiple Sclerosis patients are women? And many other women deal with chronic illness on a daily basis, whether it’s Crohn’s Disease, arthritis, psoriasis or other conditions affect women’s health. That means you have great opportunities to connect with others who are struggling with and overcoming the same issues as you are. Getting involved in a support group is a great way to find practical ways to improve both your mental and physical health.
Check Out Resources on Women’s Health
During National Women’s Health Week and year-round, you can find excellent resources on a variety of women’s health topics at womenshealth.gov. From fact sheets to videos and webinars, there’s plenty of information there to get you on the path to prioritizing your health.