Women's Health and Wellness: An Illustrated Guide / Edition 1

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This full-color, user-friendly book utilizes anatomical illustrations and concise text to explain the unique health issues of women’s bodies. Presented in general terms, this book invites women to educate themselves about key health topics in order to facilitate communication with their health professionals and to make the best health care decisions possible. Coverage includes women’s general anatomy, general ailments, reproductive health, cancers, healthy aging, emotional wellness, and healthy lifestyles. Also features a glossary and comprehensive introduction. Chapters are organized into the following sections: brief definition; detailed description; risk factors; symptoms and warning signs; and, prevention and management.

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What People Are Saying

Women's Health and Wellness is aimed at facilitating communication between patients and physicians. It serves as a quick and understandable reference guide for all women, ultimately educating readers on the uniqueness of the female body and allowing for a more proactive approach to preventive healthcare. Filled with valuable illustrations, female-specific health topics, and insights into disease processes, this book is an invaluable resource focused on integrating health behavior changes and medical management strategies. I will strongly recommend it to my patients.
— author of the foreword of Women's Health and Wellness: An Illustrated Guide, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, The Women's Group of Northwestern, Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University
Ada P. Kahn
This comprehensive resource is essential to help women understand their bodies and communicate better with health care providers. Easy-to-understand illustrated anatomical images and concise text make this unique reference tool a must for every woman's personal bookshelf.
— author of Stress A-Z: A Sourcebook for Facing Everyday Challenges
Women's Health and Wellness: An Illustrated Guide is an excellent tool for women who are interested in taking an active role in maintaining good health. It includes information specific to women and its illustrations further educate women about their bodies. I will use it as a reference for my patients.
— Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Medical Advisor in the Women's Pavilion of the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, California
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587790560
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144

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Type 2 Diabetes Chaper

About 17 million people*6.2 percent of the U.S. population*have been
diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that another 5.9 million
Americans have type 2 diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed1.

Heart disease rates are three to seven times higher among women ages 45 to
64 who have diabetes than in healthy women in the same age range2.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus occurs when the body's cells develop a resistance
to the insulin and/or when there is a decrease in insulin secretion. Insulin
is needed to transport glucose from the bloodstream to the cells in order to
supply energy to the body.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is the far more common type of diabetes. About
90-95 percent of women with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes3.  It develops
primarily in adults, but can also occur in children. 

People with Type 2 diabetes form an insulin deficiency (lack of insulin)
and/or an insulin resistance (inability to use your own insulin), which
causes glucose (blood sugar) to build up in the bloodstream, causing
complications in many parts of the body.

Type 2 diabetes often develops in adults and children who are obese. Other
risk factors include:
-A family history of diabetes.
-Native American, Hispanic American, or African American race or ethnicity.
-A history of diabetes during pregnancy (known as gestational diabetes).
-An inactive lifestyle.
-Age (older people are more at risk for Type 2 diabetes).
-Pre-diabetes-blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet
high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes may include:
-Frequent urination.
-Excessive thirst.
-Extreme hunger.
-Weight loss despite increased appetite.
-Sudden blurred vision.
-Very dry skin.
-Numbness, tingling, or pain in the legs, feet, or fingers.
-Frequent infections of the vagina, bladder, or skin.
-Sores that heal slowly.

Measures to help prevent Type 2 diabetes include:
-Maintain a healthy weight.
-Eat a high-fiber, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.
-Exercise regularly: 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most, if
not all days.

Experts recommend that adults age 45 and older be tested for diabetes.
People in high-risk groups should be tested earlier.

For people already diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, treatment is focused on
keeping the level of blood sugar (glucose) within a normal range.  The
following are key components of a Type 2 diabetes control strategy:
-Meal plan to control weight, glucose levels and cholesterol. 
-Blood sugar monitoring to control the disease and prevent diabetic
-Oral diabetes medications to improve insulin release, reducing glucose
and/or decrease insulin resistance.
-Exercise plan to maintain a fit body, lower blood glucose, improve
cholesterol levels, and increase insulin sensitivity.
-Regular doctor checkups.

1. National Diabetes Clearinghouse, 2002.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001.

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Table of Contents

Medical Contributors

Part One: General Anatomy
Muscular System
Skeletal System
Internal Organs
Skin, Hair and Nail Anatomy

Part Two: General Ailments
Cardiovascular System Issues
-Cardiovascular Disease
-Heart Attack
Digestive System Issues
-Inflammatory Bowel Disease
-Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Endocrine System Issues
-Type 1 Diabetes
-Type 2 Diabetes
Immune Sytem Issues
-Rheumatoid Arthritis
Nervous System Issues
-Migraine Headaches
-Multiple Sclerosis
Respiratory System Issues
Urinary System Issues
-Urinary Incontinence
-Urinary Tract Infection

Part Three: Reproductive Health
Reproductive Anatomy & the Menstrual Cycle
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Benign Breast Lumps
Labor and Birth
Menopause: Related to Reproductive Health
Ovarian Cyst
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs)

Part Four: Cancers
Understanding Cancer
Breast Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Endometrial Cancer
Lung Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Skin Cancer

Part Five: Healthy Aging
Alzheimer's Disease
Cataracts and Macular Degeneration

Part Six: Emotional Wellness
Generalized Anxiety, Panic and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Postpartum Depression

Part Seven: Healthy Lifestyles
Physical Activity
Dangers of Excess Weight
Diet and Nutrition
Dangers of Alcohol
Dangers of Smoking

On-line Sources of Information

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2002

    A must read for women!

    This book does an excellent job of explaining the basics in women¿s health. It provides a core of knowledge from which to begin any discussion with a medical professional whether it be about treatment of a current condition or prevention of future problems. The text is very readable and the illustrations make the presentation complete. Every woman owes it to herself to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2002

    Easy to Understand Reference Book

    I found this book to be effective as both a reference tool, and a text book. The illustrations are well done and easy to understand. The page lay-out is unique and provides a combination of colorful diagrams and interesting facts. I highly recommend it to women, like me, who have limited medical knowledge, but want to understand their bodies.

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