Bailey Mosier Recaps The Top Stories In Women's Health As Well As Taking A Look Ahead To National Women's Health Week.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your Empowher.com Week in Health.
This week we’ll take a look at Seniors’ sex lives and their active but not always healthy practices.
Also, a recent study tells us overweight teens are not necessarily more inclined to be depressed than their normal weight peers.
Lastly, a reminder that National Women’s Health Week is coming up May 8-14.
At a stage in life when many would expect sexually transmitted diseases to be waning, the free-love generation is noticeably ahead of the national curve.
Reported cases of syphilis increased 60 percent from 2005 to 2009 among all age groups nationwide, and among those in the 55-to-64 age group, it went up 70 percent. Chlamydia cases also rose among all ages 27 percent, and double that – 52 percent – among the older group.
Medicare is considering providing coverage for STD screenings for seniors because of this national trend…and is also weighing the benefits of paying for behavioral counseling for sexually active seniors.
Experts say many older adults didn't get the safe-sex messages that younger generations received, so their condom use is lower. Additionally, Americans are living longer, healthier lives and a new class of medications assists in seniors’ sex lives.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, severely obese adolescents are no more likely to be depressed than their normal weight peers.
The study included participants with body mass indexes greater than or equal to 40 and higher than 95 percent of their age group, between grades 7 thru 12 and an equal number of non-obese participants matched for age, gender and race.
The study found no relationship between participants' weight status and the likelihood of being depressed. Researchers say that most studies conducted on obese children in the past have been composed of individuals who visit obesity treatment clinics.
Teens going to a clinic for treatment are likely to feel worse about their body size and shape than those not seeking treatment. And researchers say that because this study was community- and not clinic-based, the findings may more generally reflect young people's feelings.
And don’t forget, National Women’s Health Week is coming up May 8-14.
Two-thousand-eleven’s theme: ‘It’s Your Time!’ encourages women to make their physical and mental health a priority in order to lower their risk of certain diseases.
Anyone who wants to help make women's health a top priority can celebrate and find local and national events to be a part of.
Organizations large and small hold events such as free screenings and health fairs, give out educational materials, issue proclamations, conduct media outreach, spread the word through social media, and much more.
Join in the effort to support women and to help them take steps for longer, healthier and happier lives.
That wraps up your EmpowHER Week in Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health. And for more information on National Women’s Health Week events in your area please visit www.EmpowHER.com/NWHW.