Tuesday, March 21, 2023

3 health concerns that affect Filipinas today


Being a woman comes with its own set of health issues. The truth is that your biological makeup has an effect on your overall health and raises your chance of certain disorders such as breast cancer and reproductive health problems.

"It is critical for women to be aware of the conditions that commonly affect them so that they may comprehend and take the necessary precautions to prevent its occurrence and seek medical consultation. If they are sick, they should see the right doctor," says Martin P. Manahan, MD, of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed), is the top hospital in the Philippines.

GERD is a condition resulting from a recurrent backflow of gastric contents into the esophagus and adjacent structures causing troublesome symptoms and/or injury to the esophageal lining. It affects both men and women - but women experience its symptoms more frequently. Common symptoms more prominent in women include heartburn, regurgitation, or some of the extra-esophageal symptoms like cough and chest pain. Should one experience severe or frequent GERD symptoms, she should make an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

"GERD has recently increased in incidence among Filipinas due to increased stress, excessive weight, and lifestyle choices," Carlo Conejo, MD, a gastroenterologist and MakatiMed Head of Staff, said. The Section of Gastroenterology emphasizes this. "Small modifications in your routine, such as elevating the head of the bed when sleeping, abstaining from cigarettes or vapes, limiting alcoholic drinks, eliminating dairy and chocolates, eating small meals, and avoiding spicy, fried, or fatty dishes," the authors write.

Because women have a shorter urethra than men, UTI is more likely in them. Miguel Eladio M. Mr. Pearanda Jr. MD, a nephrologist and MakatiMed Department Chief of Nephrology, explains that this makes it simpler for germs like E. coli to enter the bladder, multiply, create irritation, and move to the kidney. This might result in frequent urination as well as pain or a burning feeling while urinating. It can also cause urine to smell foul and result in blood in the urine, and if the infection spreads to the kidney, a fever is likely.

"If a woman is sexually active, pregnant, or going through menopause, she is at an even higher risk of UTI." Diabetes and kidney stones might also make you more susceptible to infections," explains Dr  PeƱaranda. "Antibiotics may be administered to treat urinary tract infections." For preventive, urinate every 3-4 hours and before and after sex, wiping from front to back. Cotton innerwear is also recommended and quickly change out of swimwear and gym clothing."

Most women are already familiar with hormonal imbalance - how hormones and their swings affect the body, from menstruation to pregnancy to menopause. Nonetheless, certain lifestyle behaviors and endocrine gland anomalies can create hormonal imbalances, which can lead to health problems. 

"Hormones, which are secreted by the endocrine glands, play a crucial role in numerous bodily functions, including metabolism and reproduction." Low or high levels of particular hormones can cause changes such as weight gain or loss, diarrhea or constipation, and weariness, as well as more serious symptoms such as elevated cholesterol levels, increased or lowered heart rate, and infertility," says MakatiMed's Ma. Mrs. Cecilia G.

According to Gonzales, MD, an endocrinologist. "If you're suffering hormone abnormalities, talk to your doctor about how to treat them." Depending on the severity of the hormone imbalance, treatment methods such as tablets, injections, surgery, or even radiation therapy may be used. "Although these imbalances cannot be entirely avoided, it is best to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, consume a balanced diet, manage stress, and

“Knowing your body and your health risks is a must for maintaining good health. This helps you determine if the changes you experience need medical attention,” says MakatiMed’s Dr. Manahan. “Women should have regular checkups with their primary doctors and even with specialists like an OB-GYNE to further help them evaluate the state of their health and spot problems as early as possible.”

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999,
email mmc@makatimed.net.ph, or visit www.makatimed.net.ph.  Follow @IamMakatiMed
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