As we all grow older, we might not know all the health issues to stay alert for. And in the month of Spring flowers, we celebrate the beauty, dedication, and let’s face it, resiliency of our moms. We need to know about health issues we might face as well as symptoms to be aware of in our moms. This week, we bring you a list of the top five health issues you need to be aware of as a woman.
- Heart disease comes in at number one – nearly one third of women die from this. In fact, heart disease kills more women in the U.S. than all forms of cancer combined. To help prevent it, quit smoking, make sure you’re physically active daily, and pay attention to your diet to make sure you’re eating foods that keep your body healthy.
- Cancer, particularly lung cancer and breast cancer, are the next biggest contributors to women’s health issues. Smoking is the biggest correlation to lung cancer, but for all cancers, healthy habits are the best things you can do – healthy eating, exercise, and most importantly, regular checkups at your doctor to catch any early symptoms.
- Stroke affects more women than men, and it can be both fatal and cause long-term disabilities. If you or someone you are with experiences any symptoms, immediately call 911: weakness or numbness in your face, arm, or leg, suddenly occurring confusion, trouble talking or comprehending, problems with your vision, or dizziness.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, causes shortness of breath and can be fatal. It can manifest as bronchitis and emphysema, and is mainly caused by smoking.
- Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that causes degeneration and can be fatal death, affects slightly more women than men. It starts with forgetfulness and confusion, and can lead to irreversible mental changes.
Other top causes of health issues for women include diabetes, the flu and pneumonia, and kidney disease.
This month, as we celebrate our mothers and families, let’s remember to stay as healthy as we can. If you have something you’ve been meaning to see a doctor about, make an appointment to get it checked out. If you notice any family members suffering some health problems, make sure they have any tests run that they need. Let’s do what we can to decrease the impact of the top five health problems for women.
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Dr. Julie Drolet
P.S. Hormones can complicate health issues for women. Learn about how to keep them in check in our free webinar, found here.