Selfless women 'put up with their illness' for others

18 December 2012

Women are in danger of putting their health at risk by being selfless – they are thinking about other people.

New research found that one in fourth women will "soldier on" with their illness because they have responsibilities like family.

Not only that, but women as a group are failing to look after themselves properly, with four in ten admitting to not seeking professional advice about possible health issues.

Nearly half of the 2,000 women who took part in the survey that was commissioned by allabouthealth.org.uk admitted that they "pushed through" with an illness simply because they were too busy to go to the doctors.

"Women are running around looking after everyone else and forgetting to look after number one," stated Ajit Malhi of allabouthealth.org.uk.

"We need to take care of ourselves to effectively take care of the people we love. It’s similar to the airplane scenario where you’re told to put your own oxygen mask on first, which clashes with our initial instinct."

It was also revealed that one in six women felt that their partners could not cope with the responsibilities of the home if they were ill, and this resulted in a third of respondents heading to the GP for advice as a last resort.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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