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    What to know about Women's Health Month

    enMay 06, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • Women prioritize medical care more than men but need to focus on preventative careWomen are more likely to seek medical care than men but should prioritize preventative care for optimal health

      Despite women statistically being better at seeking medical care than men, there's still room for improvement when it comes to preventative care. According to Dr. Joseph Chang, the chief medical officer at Parkland Health and a board certified OBGYN, women are almost 40% more likely to seek medical care than men. However, Dr. Chang also noted that women don't always reach out for preventative care as much as they should. He explained that people, including women, tend to put off things that aren't immediately pressing, and preventative care often falls into that category. It's important for women to prioritize their health during Women's Health Month and beyond by seeking out resources and information to help them make informed decisions about their health. Don't forget to check out Rob Bradford's baseball podcast, where notable figures in the baseball world are sharing their love for the game and proving that it's anything but boring.

    • Preventative care is like regular oil changes for your healthWomen, especially postmenopausal, should prioritize regular check-ups and screenings to catch potential health issues early and prevent them from becoming more serious, focusing on unique women's health needs after menopause, including heart disease.

      Preventative care is crucial for maintaining good health, just like getting regular oil changes for a car to avoid unexpected breakdowns. Women's health issues have been overlooked for too long due to the assumption that men and women have the same physiology. However, recent research shows that women have unique health needs, especially after menopause when they lose estrogen and become more susceptible to conditions like heart disease, which is the number one killer of women. It's essential for women, especially those who are postmenopausal, to prioritize regular check-ups and screenings to catch potential health issues early and prevent them from becoming more serious. Overall, preventative care is an investment in our future health and well-being.

    • Health disparities impact women's health outcomesBlack women face increased risks for complications during childbirth, diabetes, and hypertension due to socioeconomic class. Underserved areas with high uninsured populations exacerbate these issues, and it's essential to target interventions and resources to address disparities.

      Access to healthcare and socioeconomic status significantly impact the health outcomes of women, particularly for races with higher disparities. For instance, black women face increased risks for complications during childbirth, diabetes, and hypertension, which are linked to socioeconomic class. Moreover, areas with high uninsured populations, such as Texas, exacerbate the issue as people may delay seeking medical care due to lack of resources. It is crucial for communities, cities, states, and organizations to address these disparities by targeting interventions and resources in underserved areas. Additionally, Rob Bradford's mission to challenge the perception of baseball being boring is an important reminder of the power of awareness and education in various aspects of life.

    • Primary care doctors handle female issues tooEncourage regular check-ups for all ages, early detection and prevention are crucial for good health, and primary care doctors can identify potential health concerns in older individuals.

      Primary care doctors are equipped to handle various health concerns for both men and women, including female issues. Patients in rural areas should not hesitate to visit their primary care doctor for required screenings and check-ups. If necessary, they can be referred to specialists. Community organizations and free clinics are also valuable resources for those in rural areas. As for generational issues, encouraging regular check-ups for young people and welcoming older patients for frequent visits are important. Early detection and prevention are key to maintaining good health. Primary care providers can ask specific questions to identify potential health concerns in older individuals, even if they don't realize they have them.

    • Caring for women's health: A rewarding experienceConsidering a career in healthcare? Consider the unique needs and rewards of caring for women.

      Caring for women's health is a profoundly rewarding experience. Dr. Joseph Chang, as both a chief medical officer and an OBGYN, emphasizes the importance of addressing the unique needs of women, who often face various societal burdens and are overlooked by various systems. He encourages young medical professionals to consider the field, sharing the deep gratification he's felt from helping women bring new life into the world. This gratitude, whether professional or personal, can bring immense joy and fulfillment. So, if you're considering a career in healthcare, consider the potential impact and rewards of caring for women.

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