It was all about women's health this weekend as nearly 300 exhibitors gathered at the Stamford Plaza Hotel for Fairfield County's 5th Annual Women's Expo sponsored by Stamford Hospital.
The annual weekend event brought about 6,000 attendees, a 20 percent increase from last year.
"It's a network to better themselves, to get healthier, there's a lot of health and wellness focus here," said President of Connecticut Expos Nick Curci. "People can get health screenings from Stamford Hospital, they can come here and talk to doctors and get advice. So we're really trying to make an entertaining positive health service for women."
"May is womens' health month, but it's also the start of spring so one nutrition tip would be to stay hydrated," said Grade A Shop-Rite registered dietitian Cora Ragaini. "Make sure you drink your water, a lot of times we mistaken hunger for thirst so you want to make sure you fill up on water before you start feeling really thirsty."
Doctors and medical practitioners were on hand to speak with women on common health concerns, including heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
"Usually you'll find people and women in general who have a heart disease problem, usually suffer from diabetes or a diabetes related issue," said Carl DeRosa, Stamford Hospital's Heart Vascular Institute Health Finance Manager.
Experts say since these diseases are becoming epidemics, its important for women to know their symptoms, while also improving their diet, getting regular screenings and exercising.
"The population aging now, especially people living longer, we're finding that the prevalence of heart disease in women has increased and remains one of the top killers of women in the United States," said DeRosa.
"Some people don't have any symptoms and it's somewhat like heart disease, it's kind of scary if you don't know you have anything," said nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator Jill Ely. "If your blood sugars are very much out of control, you might have excessive thirst, excessive urination, weight loss without trying, wounds that don't heal."
Endrocrinologist Melissa Goldstein says post-menopausal women are more prone to osteoporosis.
"The best way to prevent osteoporosis is to get calcium and Vitamin D in your diet," said Stamford Hospital endocrinologist Melissa Goldstein. "We always recommend to get your vitamins through your diet as opposed to supplements, but if you can't get calcium or vitamin D, you should take a supplement also weight bearing exercises are very important."
For more information on women's health services visit stamfordhospital.org.