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Everyone’s health is precious. In families, a
mother’s health is often a reflection of everyone else’s
health. When a woman is healthy in pregnancy, her baby is
more likely to be born healthy. A woman’s health is often
mirrored in the healthy development of her child through
infancy to adulthood.
Men also have the same influence and many fathers
are taking an expanded role in parenting. Women
still, however, tend to have a greater influence on their
Women have some unique health needs and concerns,
as gender does make a difference. Their reproductive
systems are designed for pregnancy and birth during their
reproductive years. Whether or not they have children,
they may face various health challenges such as menstrual
cycle problems, urinary incontinence or cancers of the
breasts, uterus, cervix or ovaries.
In this issue of Apple magazine, several of our stories
look at women’s health. One of them is What Mom Taught
Me by Valerie Berenyi (page 40), in which five Alberta
women talk about the influence their mothers had on their
health and their character.
Men’s health is important too and our issue features
two stories directly tied to men’s health. In her 50+
column Manopause Not the End of Male Fertility,
Colleen Seto writes about how a change in testosterone
may be more than a function of illness or aging (hint:
sleep, activity and healthy eating can help). Our Keep in
Mind column, Getting Men to Open Up by Greg Harris,
considers men’s reluctance to talk about mental health
problems. You’ll also find a number of research-related
stories from our partners, Alberta Innovates –
As always, we hope to shed a little more light and a
little more understanding on health and wellness in your
family, in your neighbourhood and in our province.
— Dr. Radha Chari
Dr. Radha Chari the department chair of Obstetrics
and Gynecology at the University of Alberta and
the zone clinical department head of Women’s
Health in Edmonton for Alberta Health Services.
Gender does make a