As a woman, it seems like there are so many things to worry about concerning health -- What's the best way to do a breast self-exam? What should you do if you find a breast lump? And as you age, your worries are compounded with questions like – Could belly fat lead to health problems? Are Kegel exercises really necessary? Yikes! Add all that to how bad we know that stress can be for our bodies and minds, and GAH! You could pull your hair out with worry (omg! What about hair loss!?! You might not have even thought to worry about that!)
Do you know the top women's health risks? If you have to worry, make sure your anxiety isn’t misplaced. Women’s health concerns cover a wide spectrum.
Many women are hyper-vigilant about breast health, but they overlook the fact that statistically heart disease is a more significant health risk for women. Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women. The Centers for Disease Control report that in women, the condition is responsible for about 29% of deaths. However, while death is certainly a big problem, it isn't the biggest problem for women with heart disease. Premature death and disability are the real problems. Heart disease tends to be underdiagnosed in females. Thankfully, healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way toward reducing women's heart disease risk. Read more here: https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/live-healthy/
Cancer is the second most dangerous threat to a woman’s health and is the cause of 22 percent of female deaths in the United States each year. However, even in this category, breast cancer is not the most deadly threat. Instead, lung cancer claims the most lives each year — approximately 70,000 annually — mostly directly related to smoking; breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Fortunately, lifestyle choices can help prevent at least one-third of all cancers, so you can cut your risk by adopting healthier habits. Read more here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/womens-health/in-depth/breast-cancer-prevention/art-20044676
Good communication with your doctor is key. Drs. Strebel and Grolle can help you decide which health issues should be a priority for you, and they can guide you on your way to lifestyle changes that help prevent these and other threats to women’s health.