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Top 10 Health Threats for Women

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Each gender finds itself with certain health risks and needs.  Women are required to pay particular attention to certain health conditions because of body composition, such as reproductive organs.  They are also more susceptible to certain diseases, thereby causing them to pay more attention to their health and prevention practices.

There are numerous diseases of noteworthy concern to women, though there are various ways to address those problems early through nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes. As pointed out by the Mayo Clinic in a recent article through information taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

1. The number one health threat to women in America is heart disease, also the most preventable of all conditions. Alcohol should be consumed in moderation and cigarette smoke should be avoided. A simple diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fiber, and fish are important, along with physical activity to maintain a healthy weight and the monitoring of stress levels.

2.  All types of cancer are dangerous to women, the most common type tends to be lung cancer followed by  breast and colorectal cancer.   A healthy diet, exercise, and the avoidance of tobacco are key with extra attention paid to exposure to radon, asbestos, radiation, and air pollution,   can also be helpful by avoiding those substances where and when possible.  Sun exposure should also be limited.

3. Lifestyle choices can lead to strokes in younger women although strokes are often hereditary.  High cholesterol, cigarette smoke or blood pressure, excessive saturated fat and obesity, and lack of physical activity can lead to higher chances of strokes, and all should be avoided or controlled.

4. Lung conditions like bronchitis and emphysema are commonly found in women who have been exposed to smoke or air pollution. Sometimes deadly lung conditions, generally referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can usually be avoided by not smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, and staying away from areas that cannot control air pollution.

5. Alzheimer’s disease erases memories from the brain but taking steps to practice mental exercises and continue to learn new things helps. Head injuries can also lead to Alzheimer’s along with a personal history high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or high cholesterol.   If there is a history of Alzheimer’s in the family, it is important to stay physically and mentally fit

6. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease though it can eventually lead to heart disease, kidney damage, and blindness.

7. Hypertension is a result of stress and must be controlled before it becomes a serious health problems like heart disease. Stress is also a contributing factor to kidney disease. Medications can control both hypertension and kidney disease, though the latter may require more extensive treatment as prescribed by a physician.

8. Sepsis,  more accurately known as blood poisoning, is an infection brought on by bacteria or toxins in the bloodstream, usually as a result of an infection.  Avoiding germs that can lead to infection, specifically by washing hands often, making sure vaccines are up-to-date, and seeking quick medical attention for anything resembling an infection.

9. Perinatal conditions are obviously limited to women, which is why pre-natal and post-natal care are both so important surrounding any pregnancy.  The weeks before and after childbirth are critical to a mother’s health and must be monitored throughout the pregnancy.

10. Flu. Injuries are generally results of accidents and may cannot be avoided. The same can be said of the flu, though there are flu shots, and anyone with chronic health risks should discuss the vaccine with a health professional to determine if it would be beneficial.

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