WHY DO WOMEN NEED LROOm MINI BREAKS?
Because it's a matter of life and death!
For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages than people in almost all other high-income countries.
This disadvantage has been getting worse for three decades, especially among women.- E. Swan, Founder
- Women are more likely to report that they feel tense during work (37 percent of women versus 33 percent of men)
- Women's stress levels have increased now that many have become responsible for bringing in more income: A working wife's contribution today is around 47 percent, compared to 38 percent in 1988.
- A 2012 study by the Families and Work Institute found the nearly 50 percent of American women feel they don't have enough free time creating an increase in stress which can then lead to a rise in cortisol, the hormone that dictates the fight or flight instinct. High cortisol levels can increase the risk of serious illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.
The risk of heart disease, the most common complication of diabetes, is more serious among women than men. Among people with diabetes who have had a heart attack:
- Women have lower survival rates and a poorer quality of life than men;
- Women with diabetes have a shorter life expectancy than women without diabetes, and women are at greater risk of blindness from diabetes than men;
- Death rates for women aged 25-44 years with diabetes are more than 3 times the rate for women without diabetes.
Women account for just over half of the total heart disease deaths in the United States each year, although many women continue to think of heart disease as a man’s disease. 42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men.
Under age 50, women’s heart attacks are twice as likely as men’s to be fatal. 267,000 women die each year from heart attacks – six times more than the number of women who die from breast cancer.
Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
African-American women suffer a significantly higher number of strokes than Caucasian women, yet African-American women were less likely to correctly identify what causes a stroke compared to Caucasian women. Stroke is a leading cause of death for Hispanic women but Hispanic women were significantly less aware of stroke symptoms than Caucasian women.
About twice as many women as men experience depression. Women experience twice the rate of depression as men, regardless of race or ethnic background. An estimated one in eight women will contend with a major depression in their lifetimes.
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