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Women's health: Preventing the top 7 threats
No. 5: Alzheimer's disease
There's no proven way to prevent Alzheimer's disease, but consider taking these steps:
- Manage chronic conditions. Conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and diabetes may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
- Don't smoke. Some research suggests a link between smoking and Alzheimer's.
- Include physical activity in your daily routine. Any movement counts.
- Maintain social and mental fitness. Stay socially active. Practice mental exercises. Take steps to learn new things.
No. 6: Accidents
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of fatal accidents among women. To stay safe on the road, use common sense. Wear your seat belt. Follow the speed limit. Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or any other substances, and don't drive while sleepy.
No. 7: Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes — the most common type of diabetes — affects the way your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage and other complications. To prevent type 2 diabetes, get serious about your lifestyle choices. Eat a healthy diet. Include physical activity in your daily routine. If you're overweight, lose excess pounds.
The bottom line
It's important to understand common women's health risks, but don't feel intimidated. Instead, do whatever you can to lead a healthy lifestyle — including eating a healthy diet, staying physically active, quitting smoking and getting regular checkups. Simple preventive measures can go a long way toward reducing your health risks.Previous page
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