Three Things You Didn’t Realize Could Be Impacting Your Health

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There are some things, such as smoking, drinking to excess, and having unprotected sex, which we know are outright hazardous to our long-term health.  There are others, such as skipping going to the gym for a week or grabbing fast food occasionally rather than a nutritious snack, which are bad in the short term, but can be turned around relatively easily to get you back on a healthy track.  However, scarily enough, there could be some daily habits of yours that, while they seem innocent enough right now, are slowly building towards harming your health in your retirement years.  Below are three major life issues you should examine now for a healthier future.

1)      Your Cholesterol– High cholesterol is not just something that happens to older people. In fact, even teenagers can be diagnosed with it.  The longer you allow high cholesterol in your body, the greater the impact on your heart health.  For every decade you suffer from high cholesterol, your risk of heart disease increases by 39%.  If your blood vessels have been ravaged by cholesterol when you are in your 30’s and 40’s, you may not be able to reverse the damage when you are in your 50’s and 60’s.  It is highly recommended you have your cholesterol checked yearly.

2)      Your Sleep– Scientists recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night for optimal physical and cognitive health.  Studies have shown that individuals who obtain the right amount of sleep, particularly between the ages of 18 and 60, benefit from improved memory and learning ability that will last throughout their lives.

3)      Your Stress– Stress greatly aggravates the risk of many diseases, such as asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal issues, heart disease, and obesity.  If you sense stress is having even a minor impact on your life, it is recommended you see a mental health professional to discuss solutions.

 

Fertility Treatments and Stress

In a previous article, “The Psychological Impact of Infertility,” we discussed the reasons why undergoing fertility treatment can cause someone stress.  In short, the synthetic estrogen prescribed to help boost ovulation has side effects that include anxiety, sleeplessness, mood swings, and irritability.  Additionally, the expense of infertility treatments, which run $8000 and up, are often not covered by health insurance.  Finally, waiting for the treatment to take hold, and dealing with the knowledge that the treatment did not take hold, are both anxiety producing.

There have been many studies in the medical community linking stress to infertility.  Therefore, doctors would like to mitigate stress in patients undergoing infertility treatment as much as possible.  Doctors on medicinenet.com offer the following tips to help these individuals manage their stress:

1)      Do not try to downplay or deny that you are going through a time of heightened stress.  While you are undergoing infertility treatment, you life may not be business as usual.  Consider cutting out nonessential activities to give yourself some time to decompress.

2)      Do not try to handle the stress on your own.  Find a trusted friend or family member who you can talk to about your feelings.  You can also check with your fertility clinic to see if they offer a support group for their patients.  Understand that your partner is likely going through his/her own stress regarding the situation, and therefore might not be able to provide you with all of the emotional support you need.

3)      Empower yourself with knowledge.  Make sure to read up on and understand the treatment you are experiencing, and do not be afraid to ask questions of the doctor when you need clarification.

4)      Discuss the possibility of treatment breaks with your doctor.  It may be viable for you to undergo treatment every other cycle if you feel breaks in between would be beneficial to your mental health.

Most of all, you should understand that you are not alone.  Feelings of sadness, depression, and frustration are common among women undergoing infertility treatment.  Do not hesitate during this time to make your physical and emotional needs top priority. If you are still thinking about taking fertility treatments and have not made up your mind as to what route to take, Lady-Comp Baby is a great natural alternative before going through the stress and turmoil fertility treatments can take you through.  The Lady-Comp and Lady-Comp Baby can pinpoint a woman’s fertile window to help her plan when to focus on intercourse. And if necessary, the Lady-Comp can give her detailed information about her cycle that her doctor may use if she still has difficulty conceiving and may negate the need for costly and stressful fertility treatments.