We are in the middle of National Women’s Health Week, and this year, all women are called to find what works for them when it comes to their health. The first step to creating a healthier and more balanced life as a woman is to understand the health risks that you are more likely to suffer from and take action to prevent them.
Here are the top four health risks to be aware of and take preventative measures for if you are a woman:
- Heart Disease. “Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. About 80% of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factors for coronary heart disease” (NHLBI). It’s never too late to start taking steps to prevent heart disease. The best preventative measures include not smoking, following a healthy diet, and being physically active.
- Breast Cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for American Women according to Healthline, so performing monthly self-breast exams and scheduling mammograms every 2-years after the age of 50 are essential to early detection.
- Excessive Stress. Most women take on the role of “head of the household” which can cause a lot of daily stress. Excessive stress can cause high blood pressure, back pain, difficulties sleeping, and gastrointestinal upset (Healthline). Manage this stress by delegating tasks to your family and making time for yourself every day to exercise, read, meditate, go to therapy, etc.
- Stroke. Women are more likely to suffer a stroke than men, but you can take steps now to prevent one from occurring. Harvard Health recommends maintaining a blood pressure below 135/80, maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise, drinking in moderation, and not smoking.
While these health risks can be scary, remember that knowledge is power! You can see a common thread through the preventative measures for each of them, and that is adopting a healthy lifestyle. Living a health-conscious life does not have an end-date – it is a lifelong commitment. While your physical goals might change (i.e. I want to run a 7-minute mile to I want to walk 2 miles every day), your motivation should always be focused on your overall health and mobility.
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