Top 4 health problems faced by Indian women
At a recent event for Haleon, a multinational consumer healthcare company, the findings of a recent KANTAR survey were presented to shed light on the top nutrition-related health issues facing indian women experience.
The survey reached more than 1,200 surveyed women from key metropolitan areas (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata) to study their nutritional needs throughout the life stages of 2-65 years.
According to the survey, on average, women experience 3 health problems at a time. The top 4 health problems among Indian women include:
- low immunity
- Low energy
- Bone and joint health
- digestive health
Other health problems that are higher among women than men include weight control, healthy appearance, insomnia and diabetes. Many of these health problems can be prevented through nutrition education, eating a healthy diet, and food fortification and supplementation, when necessary.
Signs and symptoms of micronutrient deficiency
Micronutrients contribute to overall health. Dr Rishma Dhillon Pai, Consultant Gynecologist at Lilavati, Jaslok and Hinduja Healthcare Hospital, Mumbai, and former President of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI), shared with Etimes Lifestyle the many “milder or milder symptoms of micronutrient deficiencies than you should be aware of.” These include:
- a feeling of fatigue
- Lack of energy
- Lack of concentration
- get sick all the time
- Being more prone to disease.
- shortness of breath after climbing a flight of stairs
- Anemic (when the blood does not have enough healthy red blood cells)
- Fractured arm or head after a small fall
- Hair loss
- looking pale
- Being color blind (vitamin A deficiency)
Micronutrient deficiencies are also related to poor the pregnancy results. “If a pregnant woman has a low folic acid level, she can actually have a baby that has serious defects in her body, like missing a skull sometimes or spinal cord defects, etc.” added Dr. Pai.
Consult your doctor before using supplements
There have been several case studies where people get sick due to excessive supplementation, since in most cases, they are consuming supplements without consulting your doctor.
“We prefer that a doctor guide you as to what you require in particular. At each stage of your life, there are different requirements. For example, if a girl is menstruating, she is losing a lot of blood, so she may need more iron. But when you’re older, you stop bleeding, but your calcium requirement increases because your bones are getting very weak,” concludes Dr. Pai.
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