5 Common Health Issues That Can Ruin Your Relationship

    Obesity and being overweight can make a person sick in many ways, including serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. In addition to the obvious potential health problems, letting yourself go physically may lead to your spouse finding you less attractive, and you may have less energy for the things that you used to love to do with your spouse.

    Keeping your temple/body as fit as you can will not only make you more attractive to your spouse, but will also help you avoid the obvious health problems that can easily derail whatever ambitions you may have for yourself, your spouse, and your family.

    To stay fit:

    • Get 30 to 40 minutes of physical activity three to five times a week. Start out by walking (walk like you’re running late).

    • Never try to lose more than one to two pounds a week. Lose more than this and you will likely gain all the weight back plus extra because you have tricked your brain into thinking there is a “famine” in the land (a reflex from our ancient past).

    • To lose one pound in a week, you’ll need to burn an extra 3,500 calories a week, or 500 calories a day.

    Remember, being fit is not just about being thin; it is and should be about being healthy!

    5. Female sexual dysfunction (FSD)

    FSD involves several female sexual symptoms, including pain during sexual intercourse, not finding sex pleasurable, lack of desire for sexual activity, an inability to orgasm, and/or a lack of vaginal lubrication (arousal). It’s been estimated that 43 percent of women complain of some type of sexual dysfunction.

    While the causes of FSD are not fully known, they likely involve complex interactions between women’s emotions, hormones, stress levels, certain medication side effects, and certain diseases. A number of health problems can interfere with a woman’s ability to enjoy sex and feel pleasure, including:

    • Chronic health conditions (e.g., depression, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol) can affect sexual function in a variety of ways.

    • Pelvic surgeries (e.g., hysterectomy) can damage and narrow blood vessels and prevent the flow of blood to genital tissues, thus reducing arousal.

    • An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroid) can reduce a woman’s sex drive.

    • Genital and urinary tract infections can cause discomfort and sometimes painful sex.

    • Vulvovaginal atrophy is common due to the loss of estrogen production associated with menopause and other conditions (e.g., postpartum), which leads to atrophy of the vulva, vagina, and urinary tract.

    Although researchers have yet to determine the exact causes of FSD, many symptomatic treatments exist, so it’s important for a woman suffering from any sexual dysfunction to bring it up to her primary care provider or ob-gyn. Women should enjoy sex just as much as men do!

    By Dr. Jeffrey Brown, BDO Medical Expert

    Jeffrey Brown, M.D., is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and licensed in the state of Maryland. As a physician, author, and professional speaker his central goal is to help bridge the gap between what doctors know and what patients understand.

    Since his residency training at the Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital Program, and throughout his years working in emergency rooms, hospital wards, and in clinic settings from Johns Hopkins Hospital to Harvard’s Mass General, Dr. Brown has encountered thousands of patients who have little knowledge of their personal health history and chronic illnesses. As a result, he has been on a path to fill the knowledge gap that exists between physicians and their patients, spending much-needed time with patients explaining their health problems in simple, plain language.

    In addition to authoring Health Power 101: the Complete Guide to Patient Empowerment , Dr. Brown is also the founder and president of Health Power 101 Seminars, LLC, which has been created to empower patients, caregivers, and health-conscious individuals to take charge of their health.

    For more information, visit Dr. Brown here.

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