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Q: Is wearing high heels really all that bad?
A: Most women who wear high heels admit their stylish shoes actually hurt their feet, especially when they wear three-inch heels or higher. Heels higher than two inches cause your foot to slide forward in your shoe, placing a strain on your posture, which affects the knees, hips and back. High heels are the most common reason for foot pain. Walking in high-heeled shoes reduces ankle movement, step length and balance control. The cumulative strain on the lower legs can lead to musculoskeletal disorders.
If you’re going to buy those pumps anyway, remember that the lower the heel and the wider the base, the better your weight will be distributed. A soft insole can also help reduce impact on your knees. Try not to wear your stilettos too long or too often. And be careful of uneven sidewalks.
Q: Is it my imagination or does my male partner need less sleep than I do?
A: While most adults require about seven to eight hours of sleep per night, the sleep patterns are different between the sexes. Women often sleep more lightly than men and express a need for more sleep time.
Problems that typically affect women’s sleep include depression, major life events including divorce, hormonal changes related to pregnancy or menopause, and medical problems like arthritis, back pain and fibromyalgia.
Men typically report losing sleep over career or job-related stress. Men also tend to dismiss their real need for sleep and stay up longer than they should.
Sleep for both genders is affected by room temperature, use of stimulants and alcohol, presence of electronics in the bedroom, too much light or noise, erratic work schedules and the desire to stay awake.
Q: If I take a multi-vitamin, why would I buy one without iron?
A: A mineral championed for its ability to help deliver oxygen to your muscles and tissues, iron is good for you in the right dosage. An overload of iron in the bloodstream—called hemochromatosis—can, however, cause real health problems. Iron overload is detrimental to the body because it hardens the arteries and doesn’t allow for optimal blood flow. Symptoms of too much iron are chronic fatigue, abdominal and joint pain, hair loss, decreased libido or impotence and depression. Adult men and postmenopausal women should avoid taking iron supplements because they are more prone to iron overload and usually are able to achieve the right amount o iron through their diets.
Pregnant women, children and women of childbearing age can benefit from iron in their multi-vitamins but most should be able to obtain a healthy amount of iron through their diets. Talk to your doctor before you supplement your diet with iron. If your heath care provider suggested iron supplementation longer than 12 months ago, be sure to get retested, as your needs may have changed. Too much or too little iron can be toxic.
Please remember that your health is your own responsibility. Nothing here is to be construed as medical advice. This information is not meant to replace the guidance offered by your health practitioner.