The 9 Reasons Why Women are Getting Sicker Than Men and 9 Ways to Fix Them
The average woman is more anxious and stressed, depressed, and sick than she was in the past. What’s worse, chronic illnesses are on the rise. Modern-day women are more likely to suffer from autoimmune diseases, thyroid and hormone disorders than men. In addition, women also have a higher risk of depression and anxiety disorders compared to men.
In today’s episode of the Health Wizard Podcast, we are taking a deep dive into the big 9 Reasons Why Women are Getting Sicker than Men, and 9 Ways to Fix them.
Be sure to listen to the entire podcast to get all of the tools we share with you. (See Cliff’s notes for the podcast below.)
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Podcast Notes | 9 Reasons Why Women are Getting Sick
1. Women are Conditioned to Neglect Their Needs
Women are conditioned from a young age to be perfect. Whether it comes to the way we look, how much we way, the people we marry, or the jobs we hold – someone else moulds our idea of what “perfect” looks like. So, we learn not to trust our deep desires and our intuition and become people-pleasers, giving up on who we really are in order to get approval from others. This leads us down the path of disconnecting ourselves from what is most important – our identity; which prevents us from living a healthy life outside the rigid structures that society imposes on us.
Given time, since we live out of sync with our true selves, we get stressed and get sick as a result.
2. Women Suffer More Trauma
Women are more likely to experience more physical or sexual abuse and psychological trauma.
Trauma creates a cascade of negative health effects. In the short term, trauma causes acute stress response syndromes and can be life-threatening conditions such as cardiac arrest or shock. Over time, trauma leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety, addiction, thyroid, hormone, and autoimmune conditions, etc.
Assault and trauma victims often blame themselves for what happened to them, so they live in shame. Shame is a negative emotional response that gets stuck in the body and, unless addressed, will lead to chronic health conditions.
3. Women Do More Work than Men
Women carry more responsibilities than men. Besides working full-time, they also have to handle the housework and take care of their children. While men are pitching in with some of these tasks, women are socialized to be caregivers from childhood, so they still bear the brunt of these responsibilities. In the eyes of society, women are seen as more valuable if they do not spend any significant amount of time on themselves but instead focus all efforts on those around them.
As a result, women work longer hours and have less time to take care of their health.
4. Women Do Not Prioritize Their Health
Women do not prioritize themselves or their health. They’re more likely to say YES just so they don’t hurt someone else’s feelings. They feel ashamed of putting their needs first. As a consequence, many women end up overstretching themselves and get sick from…being too nice.
5. Women Get Less Sleep Than Men
Women are more than likely to get less sleep because they often take on the responsibility of taking care of their families, children, work, etc. They are overcommitted and under-rested.
Sleep deprivation is a stressor that can cause elevated cortisol levels which will lead to issues like weight gain, fatigue, tiredness, brain fog, and anxiety.
6. Women Do Not Feel Worthy of Spending Money on Their Health
Women do not feel worthy of spending money on their health because they are focused on the impact their health expenses might have on a partner or family. It is common for women to feel that the money they spend on their health could be better spent elsewhere. Whether it’s buying healthier food or saving up for a vacation, many of us neglect our own needs in lieu of someone else’s. Being other-centric can come at a high price.
7. Women Take More Prescription Drugs
Women take more prescription drugs than men. Some 40% of men and 66% of women age 18 to 34 use prescription drugs. More drugs mean more side effects, symptoms, and more overtreatment.
A new study from UC Berkeley and Chicago has revealed that women are more likely than men to suffer adverse side effects of medications because drug dosages have historically been based on clinical trials conducted only on male subjects.
Women take birth control medications, which have multiple side effects and cause symptoms such as weight gain, depression, anxiety, blood clots, infertility, pituitary tumors, lack of libido, lead to developing female cancers, etc.
8. Women Are More Likely Not to Question Bad Medical Advice
As women, we’ve been conditioned to get along with everyone and trust authorities. So when women receive bad medical advice they are more likely to surrender themselves than challenge it – even if the consequences can be devastating for their health.
While there is some need for some medical producers, many times a woman does not know that she has choices until it’s too late and her health has been impacted. Women are notoriously pushed into irreversible treatments such as C-sections, full or partial hysterectomies, thyroidectomies, Radioactive Iiodone Treatment, etc.
While the medical error is the third leading cause of death in the USA, women still trust their doctors too much and forget that it’s their responsibility to advocate for themselves.
9. Women Get More Beauty Treatments Than Men
Today, women spend hours and money on beauty treatments. This includes Botox injections, breast implants, and other injectables. While these procedures come with some perceived short-term benefits like looking more youthful or attractive; there are many long-term effects that can lead to serious health conditions. Some examples are hormone imbalances, thyroid and autoimmune disorders, and multiple symptoms, such as depression, anxiety attacks, brain fog, breast implant illness (BII), joint and muscle pain, respiratory difficulties, hair loss, skin rashes, insomnia and so much more.
9 Ways to Fix the 9 Reasons Women Get Sicker Than Men
1. Women Need to Put Themselves First!
It’s a woman’s duty to put herself first! If women are not well, it doesn’t matter how much time and money they invest into others – they won’t be able to enjoy the fruit of their labor. It’s a woman’s responsibility to herself and to her loved ones to put her needs first and enroll support from family, partners, spouses, etc.
2. Women Need to Get Support from Qualified Mentors
Even the best doctors can’t do much to help women with chronic health issues. Women need mentors and coaches who are qualified and skilled in the area of their health struggles, not someone who has only theoretical knowledge of diseases.
Women need lasting health outcomes.
3. Women Need to Identify and Address the Root Cause of Their Health Struggles
Women need tools to identify what’s causing their health struggles. If they don’t identify the root cause, it will be impossible for them to improve or reverse their chronic hormone, thyroid, or autoimmune conditions.
4. Women Need Natural Ways to Heal
The “allopathic medicine” box that women have been confined to for generations is limiting and oppressive. It’s time to think outside of it! Women must pursue natural ways to heal their bodies if they want to have a chance at lasting health.
5. Women Need Practical Ways to Release Trauma and Stress
Women need practical and physical ways to release trauma and stress. Talk therapy falls short – it forces patients to relive their trauma. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds don’t resolve the root cause of the issues they are prescribed for. Trauma and stress cannot be shaken off, and prescription drugs only mask some symptoms without tackling any underlying causes, while causing serious and severe side effects.
6. Women Need to Break Out from the Illusion of Perfectionism
Women need to break out from the illusion that perfection is an achievable goal. Women have been told for so long that they should strive towards this extreme level of flawlessness, but in reality, there are no perfect people or perfect lives. Everyone has flaws and imperfections. With as much as we already handle in our lives, something has to give.
7. Stop Being Push-Overs
Whether with doctors, family members, bosses, or themselves – women need to become their advocates and take back the power that has been taken from them for so long. Ladies, your voice, your opinion, and your lives matter!
8. Carve Out Time For Yourself
Set up a “ME time” ritual. Whether it’s 10 or 50 minutes, the key is to make sure you’re taking care of yourself first and foremost by setting aside some quality time for YOU!
9. Create a Harmonious Spiritual and Emotional Life
Don’t let the fear of being judged stop you from making a change. It’s time to get back in touch with your inner voice. Time to uncover your purpose. All that old thinking is a waste of energy. You need to start reconditioning yourself and focus on what matters most. Your opinion counts as much as anyone else’s – don’t ever forget it; invest in yourself so you can live the life that brings you joy. Be ready to invest in yourself with time and resources that will have an exponential effect on your life!
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