Are you willing to spend more to get less? When it comes to health care, that’s what women have been doing for a while now. Health care costs continue to rise but the life expectancy for women is getting shorter and shorter! In fact, Hilary Clinton said in a recent speech that women today are not living as long as our mothers!
I have to say, my jaw dropped when I heard that statement. A study reported in the Huffington Post confirms it and also shows that the same is not true for men – their life expectancy is getting longer. So why are women on the decline and men not?
I don’t have a scientific study to back me up, but I believe there are several factors at work that are dragging women down when it comes to our health.
• Embarrassment – Here on EmpowHER we see so many people who post questions without signing in. Don’t get me wrong! That’s why we are here. We want to answer your questions and help you find the health info you need whether you want to tell us who you are or not.
But I believe this is a symptom of the embarrassment many people feel when it comes time to talk to the doctor. We don’t tell the truth or we don’t ask the questions because some subjects are just hard to talk about. Nobody wants to talk about being gassy or constipated or having sexual problems.
I’m here to tell you that’s no excuse to jeopardize your health. If you can’t bring yourself to ask the question out loud, write it down. You can hand it to the doctor at your appointment or even send it over in advance. That way the doctor can bring up the subject and help you find solutions without you having to be embarrassed.
• Health Ownership – We women don’t take ownership of our own health. We justify it in lots of different ways – we’re too busy or we put our family first or we just don’t want to talk about it. The end result is the same. We are putting our health and wellness into the hands of other people and hoping for the best.