Top risks to women’s health

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I keep telling my husband to take his health seriously. And he keeps ignoring it. Sounds familiar? Morning walk, Gym, Exercise… there are so many things a man should do to keep himself in good shape and health. It is a favorite topic of discussion when women meet, right?

Wait a minute! It is all right to worry about our husband’s health but it is equally important to take care of our own health. It is something women keep avoiding on one pretext or other while dedicating their lives to our family.

Here are 4 top risks to a woman’s health which can be prevented – if you know how. It is important to know about them and take steps to reduce them:

1. Heart disease: No, contrary to common belief, heart disease is an equal threat to women as it is to men. Best way to reduce the risk of heart disease is to make some life style changes:

    • Quit smoking, if you do : Need I say more?
    • Follow a healthy diet- Include more of whole grains, high-fiber foods, fruits & vegetables and fish in your diet. Avoid foods high in saturated fat and sodium.
    • Cholesterol, High BP and Diabetes Management: Keep these in control by following your doctor’s recommendations. Take medicines as prescribed regularly.
    • Move some bones: It is very helpful to include sports or other physical activities you enjoy in your daily regimen, from brisk walking to dancing to Yoga.
    • Keep your weight under check:  That undesired weight you carry increases the risk of heart disease.
    • Avoid alcohol: Obvious, isn’t it?
    • Manage stress: Learn to manage stress and reduce it.

2. Cancer: These days cancer can affect one and all but breast cancer, skin cancer, colorectal cancer etc target women in particular. Here is what is advised to prevent occurrence of cancer in women:

    • Quit smoking, if you do : Need I say more?
    • Maintain a healthy weight. Saying good bye to that extra fat you carry can definitely help lower the risk of various types of cancer.
    • Move some bones
    • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
    • Avoid direct exposure to sun. carry an umbrella and use sun-screen – liberally.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    • Breast-feeding the baby : One of the best way to mitigate the risk of breast cancer.
    • Take early detection seriously. Consult your doctor for mammograms and other cancer checkups, regularly.

3. Stroke: Genetic factors responsible for stroke are not in our hands and control but there are other contributing factors which, if taken care of, reduce the risk of a stroke.

    • Cholesterol, High BP and Diabetes Management: Keep these in control by following your doctor’s recommendations. Take medicines as prescribed regularly.
    • Quit smoking, if you do: Need I say more?
    • Change your life style: Follow a healthy diet, especially avoid foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Include exercise in daily regimen. Shedding some weight is most helpful.
    • Avoid alcohol: Obvious, isn’t it?

4. Alzheimer’s disease: So far there is no known method to prevent onset of Alzheimer’ disease which is primarily an age related body condition, but we can take some precautions.

  • Remain mentally and physically active: Enjoy being social. Try to develop new hobbies, especially reading helps a lot.
  • Quit smoking, if you do: Need I say more?
  • Follow an exercise routine, whatever best you can.
  • Cholesterol, High BP and Diabetes Management: Keep these in control by following your doctor’s recommendations. Take medicines as prescribed regularly.

Staying healthy is important to enjoy life. Women’s health and fitness is also important for happiness of the family. So take care.


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