As women, we have a lot of things on our minds and a lot of things asked of us, from raising kids to managing the house and bills to getting our own work done. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and sad sometimes (we can’t be happy all the time), and being sad is a normal reaction to difficult times in life. However, depression is different from sadness. It is a medical condition that can seriously affect how you feel, think, sleep, eat and work. Depression is more common among women than men, most likely due to biological, hormonal and social factors that are unique to women.
If you are a woman, you are at risk of developing osteoporosis simply by being female. A degenerative disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle, osteoporosis affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian women, especially over the age of 50, are at highest risk. At Westchester Health, we see a lot of osteoporosis-related fractures, most commonly of the hip, wrist or spine.
You probably know that obesity can have an adverse effect on the heart, increasing the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. But what you may not know is that being seriously overweight can also lead to a serious liver condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, which occurs when fat builds up in the liver. Alarmingly, this condition is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the U.S., far surpassing alcohol-related liver disease. In addition, NAFLD is now one of the leading reasons for liver transplant in the U.S.
In the United States, more than 90,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. Some of these cancers are called “silent killers” because women are often unaware of the signs and symptoms associated with them and do not catch them until it is too late. Hopefully this blog can help women understand what to look for and how to help prevent gynecologic cancers from developing.
Although women account for more than half the U.S. population, some women—and even some doctors—think that primary care for women consists of nothing more than an annual Pap smear and a mammogram. I soundly disagree!
Doctors of internal medicine are uniquely positioned to address the primary care needs of women
Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum, from a healthy state to complex illness. When it comes to female patients, most women’s health issues are not obstetric, even among women of childbearing age.
Do you experience burning pain when you go to the bathroom? Do you feel like you need to pee all the time? Do you have pain in your lower back, nausea, vomiting or dizziness? You may have a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Although some women are more prone to UTIs (especially those who have diabetes or are post-menopausal), most women can avoid future urinary infections by following these simple guidelines. Continue reading →
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and have their own unique ways of interacting with each other. At Westchester Health, we feel strongly that there is no perfect family, or even a “normal” one. However, we have observed over the years that healthy, well-functioning families tend to have several key characteristics in common: mutual support, love and caring for each other, a sense of security and belonging, open communication and a feeling that each family member is important, respected and valued.
To help families have healthy, positive interactions, Dr. Lauren Adler, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has put together 6 guidelines for a healthy, connected family where everyone flourishes — even teenagers. Please let us know if they help your family.