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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Top 5 Health Risks Women Need to Know About

Diseases and other health risks sometimes affects men and women differently. For example, more than half of all people with Alzheimer's disease are women, and heart disease is the number one cause of death among women.

The top 5 health risks for women

#1 Heart disease - is not just a man's health risk. According to The Heart Foundation, heart disease causes 1 in 3 women's deaths every year and affects 43 million women in the U.S. Ninety percent of women have risk factors for developing heart disease.

#2 Cancer - among women, lung cancer is the leading cause of death, followed by breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to increasing the rate of survival.

#3 Stroke - according to The National Stroke Association, strokes are the third leading cause of death among women, compared to the fifth leading cause of death among men. About 55,000 more women every year than men have a stroke, with women experiencing worse recovery from a stroke than men.

#4 Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease - according to The American Lung Association, more than 7 million women in the U.S. live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. About 64,000 women die each year from COPD, and the number of deaths among women from COPD has increased four times over the past three decades. Since 2000, more women than men in this country have died of the disease. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD.

#5 Alzheimer's Disease - as of 2014, 60 percent of all people with Alzheimer's disease are women. While it is true that women in general live longer than men, according to The National Institutes Of Health, the reason for more women developing Alzheimer's disease "cannot simply be attributed to the higher longevity of women versus men." More research needs to be done.

There are many lifestyle changes that women can make which will help decrease their risk for developing these top health concerns. To learn how to protect yourself, visit
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