It’s National Women’s Health Week
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists the top 5 leading causes of death among women as follows:
- Heart Disease. It is the number one killer of women. The leading risk factor is high blood pressure. According to the CDC, African American Women have the highest rate of death due to heart disease and are 60% more likely to have high blood pressure.
Cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in US Women. Prevention and early detection is key. Schedule your annual mammogram, cervical, skin, and colorectal screenings. Wear sunscreen, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking, limit alcohol, and maintain a healthy weight.
Stroke. 1 in 5 women between the ages of 55-75 will experience a stroke. One of the main causes is high blood pressure. Check your blood pressure, lower it with a healthy diet, and take blood pressure medication as directed. Talk to your physician about lowering your risk of a stroke.
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (CLRD). Prevent lung disease by quitting smoking, avoiding second hand smoke, avoiding asbestos, testing your home for radon, maintaining a healthy diet, protecting yourself from inhaling dust /dangerous chemicals (cleaning fumes, spray paint, etc.), and by protecting yourself from flu / pneumonia with vaccinations. If you have a cough that won’t go away, trouble breathing, pain or discomfort in your chest, see your doctor.
Alzheimer’s Disease. It is the most common form of dementia. Due mostly to longer life spans, women are two times more likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s. If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of memory loss, consult with your primary care physician.
For more information about Women’s Health, visit https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/about