Top 10 Health Threats for Women

Top 10 Health Threats for Women

Dealing with common problems, like adult acne or toenail fungus, can be inconvenient, but they’re usually not serious health problems. On the other hand, women do face a number of potentially serious health risks. The best line of defense against them is knowing what they are and how to prevent them.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the biggest health risk women face. Thankfully, there are many ways to lower this risk, including getting regular exercise, not smoking and eating heart-healthy foods, like almonds and oatmeal.

Cancer

Lung cancer is the most dangerous type of cancer for women, followed by breast cancer. Reducing the risk of lung cancer involves giving up smoking, while making healthy lifestyle changes overall can lower the risk of other types of cancer.

Stroke

More women than men die from stroke complications each year, and this brain condition occurs more often in women. Staying healthy might help lower the risk of stroke, and knowing the signs of this condition, such as numbness in the face, can help women receive prompt medical treatment.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD includes lung conditions, such as emphysema, and is mainly caused by smoking. Giving up cigarettes is the most effective way to prevent this condition.

Alzheimer’s Disease

This serious, long-term brain disorder affects more women than men. Women can lower the risk of this disease by eating healthy, exercising and giving their brain a daily workout with crossword puzzles and other cognitive activities.

Diabetes

Diabetes can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications that can shorten a woman’s lifespan. Staying at a healthy weight, eating right and getting physical activity regularly can help prevent diabetes.

Sandy Getzky
She is the associate editor at ProveMyMeds, a public health and education startup focused on producing helpful resources concerning the treatment of common ailments like stretch marks, acne scars, and nail fungus.
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