Combining work and motherhood is good for women`s health
Holding down a job and being a mum in a steady relationship helps keep women healthy and in good shape over the long term, suggests research. A career as a homemaker seems to increase the chances of becoming obese. Analysis of the information showed that by the age of 54 women who had been partners, parents, and employees were significantly less likely to report ill health than women who did not fulfil all three roles. The authors conclude that good health among women is more likely to be the result, rather than the cause, of adopting several roles.
Marital rows harm heart health
Marital rows do not just produce harsh words and hot air - they can harden your arteries too, a study suggests. But the cause of the damage differs depending on your gender. They said arterial disease in women was linked to either partner demonstrating hostility, but in men it was linked to either showing controlling behaviour.
A study into the health benefits of making love found that the more often you do it the less likely you are to suffer stress. Experts also discovered that people are better at public speaking if they have sex the night before. During intercourse a hormone called oxytocin is released and it is believed this has a long-lasting calming effect. But it has to be the real thing -other forms of gratification don't produce as good results. The study is the latest to show the benefits of a healthy sex life, which can also improve mental health, boost the immune system, reduce risks of certain cancers and help with pain relief.
Women's Health Book Focuses on Differences Between the Sexes
omen and men are different. Unfortunately, doctors, medical researchers, and health care providers have not always recognized how these differences can affect health and consequently women have sometimes received inappropriate medical care. Now, in their new book `The Savvy Woman Patient: How and Why Sex Differences Affect Your Health,` the Society for Women`s Health Research (SWHR) has assembled a team of medical experts to tell women what they need to know about their health – and how it differs from men`s – from young adulthood to menopause and beyond. The SWHR and `The Savvy Woman Patient` highlight numerous health differences between men and women, including the 10 key difference:
Spouses In Bad Marriages Face Greater Risk For Serious Health Problems
Spouses in a poor marriage are more likely to be stressed during the workday, a finding that could mean a greater likelihood of strokes and heart disease for both husband and wife, according to researchers at Brandeis University and University College in London.