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“Once you control your mind, you can conquer your body”-Anonymous

Have you ever had the feeling that you may not be living a healthy lifestyle? Have you ever felt drowsy, over stressed, moody, and/or out of shape? This is a common feeling many women face in society today. The obesity rates in women and society in general are increasing everyday. Why is it so hard to be healthy, and why are these numbers increasing? As our 29 day HealthyHER challenge comes to an end, we wanted to get some expert advice from a well renowned health professional who is specialty trained in emergency medicine, Dr. Linda Taylor. Dr. Taylor will respond to the top six questions women have in regards to their health.

 1: What are some of the biggest issues you see in women’s health today?

Linda Taylor, MD: “One major problem I see is women who have hectic schedules become complacent with the convenience of unhealthy habits. People enter into there 20’s and 30’s and they began to get overly involved in school, their jobs, relationships, and starting families. Thus, life gets to be so busy that they tend to skip exercising on a regular basis and start eating out more.”

 2: What are some of the major effects of unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise?

Linda Taylor, MD: “When bad habits with eating and exercise began to arise many times it can lead to obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and atherosclerosis. This can also eventually lead to heart disease, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease.”

 3: Should all women consider themselves at risk for heart disease?

Linda Taylor, MD: “Absolutely, however, some are more at risk because of family history. Also, smoking can increase the risk for heart disease as well.”

 4: What risk factors can women control?

Linda Taylor, MD: “They can control their diet, exercise, smoking, drinking, and stay away from drug use.”

5: How big of a role does stress play in women’s health?

Linda Taylor, MD: “Stress plays a huge role because stress tends to lead to bad eating habits, smoking, drinking, and utilizing drugs to decrease stress. Stress also tends to increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which can cause strokes.”

 6: What are some steps women can take to put their health higher on their priority list?

Linda Taylor, MD: “Following a daily schedule to improve time management and decrease stress. Meal preps to decrease eating out and fast food binges. Pay close attention to their salt and cholesterol intake. Limit caffeine and alcohol. Also, maximize their daily hours of sleep and exercise on a regular basis.”

Monthly Boost Yourself Challenge

We hope that after reading this article you gained great tips and information on ways to have a HealthyHER lifestyle! Although it can sometimes seem impossible to change your daily habits, by making small changes like the ones listed in question six you can increase your health tremendously. It’s never too late to make a lifestyle change! So our last question to you all is, why not start now?

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