Women's Health Resources

Ladies, if you want to learn how to take better care of yourself now in order to prevent issues in the future, this is a great place to start.  On this page you will learn about various health topics related to your health including the prevention of the top 7 health threats women of all ages currently face including tips on prevention.

Top 7 Preventable Health Threats to Women

1. Heart Disease:
Smoking is one of the leading causes of heart disease. Smoking builds up fatty substances in the arteries also known as atherosclerosis. When enough of these fatty substances or plaque build up, it causes the arteries to harden and decreases blood flow. As a result, heart disease, stroke and death may occur.

2. Cancer:
There are various types of cancer that should be of particular concern to women including breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and colorectal cancer.  To reduce your risk, maintain a healthy weight through good nutrition, a health diet, protect yourself from the sun, limit alcohol intake, don't smoke, and take early prevention seriously.

*According to the CDC, early screening means early detection and early prevention of disease! Especially breast cancer.  Click HERE to learn how you can prevent breast cancer through self exam.

3. Stroke:
Not all stroke risk factors are preventable, but most are. Here is what you can do to help. Management of chronic conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure via treatment suggestions from your doctor is key. If you are diabetic, keeping your blood sugar in check is a sure fire way of preventing stroke.

  • (Common theme) Don't Smoke
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Limit alcohol consumption

4. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease:
This includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Once again, avoid smoking! Practice good hygiene i.e. hand washing, in order to avoid respiratory infections such as colds, flu, and pneumonia.

5. Alzheimer's Disease:
Alzheimer's Disease may commonly affect the elderly, but make no mistake, young onset dementia is very real.  There is no way to prevent Alzheimer's Disease, but there are steps you can take to prolong its affects.

Here are a few of those steps:

  1. Exercise - people who are physically active tend to be more mentally sharp.
  2. Eat a Healthy Diet - a healthy diet full of colorful and nutritious foods will provide vitamins and antioxidants which have been proven to ward off disease.
  3. Continue to learn.  People with a high level of education tend to experience lower rates of mental decline.

6. Accidents:
According to the MayoClinic (2011), motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in women. Practice safe driving, wear your seatbelt, don't drink and drive, and avoid driving when sleepy.

7. Type 2 Diabetes:
According to the MayoClinic (2011), "Type 2 diabetes — the most common type of diabetes — affects the way your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage and other complications". To prevent type 2 diabetes, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and if you are overweight, consider losing those few extra pounds through diet and exercise.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/womens-health/WO00014

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