Cut Your Risk Of Disease

What are your odds for staying healthy? Regardless of the odds, there are some preventative measures you can take in your daily life to remain healthy as possible. You can visit your doctor for check ups and take any required tests. Donít smoke, exercise, eat a healthy diet, and keep your weight down. Women fear breast cancer almost more than any other disease according to a survey from the Society for Womenís Health Research. Although, worry about breast cancer has over shadowed other serious conditions, the truth is it isnít the leading cause of death in women. Heart Disease is the
leading cause of death in women. We usually think of heart disease as a manís disease, but just as many women die from heart disease as men, and doctors donít always look for heart disease in an other wise healthy woman. Also, most heart research has been done on men, and doctors are more apt to miss signs of heart disease in women. Diabetes is a very real health risk. People who have diabetes in the family are in danger of developing it, and even those who donít have family members with diabetes, can still develop it. Anyone who is overweight is at risk, as your body weight rises, so does your risk. Even if you have no risk factors, you should get a blood a sugar test every few years. If you have family members with the disease or are overweight, ask your doctor to test you more often. If you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy you should be tested yearly. Your best chance of prevention, is to lose excess weight, keep high blood pressure under control
and exercise regularly. Dawn Kleindorfer M.D., of the National Stroke Association stated, Stroke is the third leading causing of death. A surprising fact is that more women die of stroke than man. This blockage in the brain can strike at any age. Every year an average of 100,000 women under the age of 65 die from stroke. Women who take estrogen hormones are at increased risk. So are women who smoke, take oral contraceptives, or the estrogen patch, which is an even greater risk. Keep your blood pressure checked and know the signs of a stroke. Severe headache, confusion, dizziness, numbness of the face, arms or legs, sudden weakness, problems seeing or walking, shortness of breath or nausea. If you experience any symptoms, call 911 and get to the emergency room as soon as possible. When treated with clot busters quickly enough, the damage may be greatly reduced. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, and more women die of lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Nonsmokers are also at risk. Radon is the second cause of lung cancer, 12 percent of lung cancers are linked to radon. Itís an odorless gas that occurs naturally in rocks and soil, and seeps in basements and first floor of homes, schools and other buildings. Radon is found in old and new buildings, drafty or well insulated. The only way to know if radon is in your house is to have it tested. Corrective steps can be taken, such as sealing cracks and installing special fans.

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