• The Top 10 Threats To Our Health

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    <p>Prevention is the key to living a healthier, happier life. Numerous threats to women’s health can be avoided by making a few simple lifestyle adjustments. Consider this top 10 list of women’s health concerns, compiled from statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations. <span id=”more-1022132″></span>Then take steps to promote optimal health and reduce your risks today.</p>
    <p><strong>No. 1 — Heart Disease</strong></p>
    <p>Heart disease isn’t just a man’s illness. To prevent heart disease:</p>
    <p>• Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.</p>
    <p>• Eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fiber and fish. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat and sodium.</p>
    <p>• If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations.</p>
    <p>• Include physical activity in your daily routine and maintain a healthy weight.</p>
    <p>• If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Too much alcohol can raise blood pressure.</p>
    <p>• If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.</p>
    <p>• Manage stress.</p>
    <p><strong>No. 2 — Cancer</strong></p>
    <p>The most common cause of cancer deaths among women is lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer and colorectal cancer also pose a major threat to women. To reduce your risk of cancer, reread the above bullets and consider the following:</p>
    <p>• Consult your doctor for regular cancer screenings.</p>
    <p>• Reduce exposure to cancer-causing substances (carcinogens), such as radon, asbestos, radiation and air pollution.</p>
    <p>• Breast-feed if you can.</p>
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    <p><strong>No. 3 — Stroke</strong></p>
    <p>You can’t control some stroke risk factors, such as age, family history, sex or race. But you can take these steps to reduce your risk of stroke:</p>
    <p>• Don’t smoke.</p>
    <p>• If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations.</p>
    <p>• Limit the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Try to avoid trans fat entirely.</p>
    <p>• Maintain a healthy weight and include physical activity in your daily routine.</p>
    <p>• If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.</p>
    <p>• If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.</p>
    <p><strong>No. 4 — COPD</strong></p>
    <p>Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of chronic lung conditions, including bronchitis and emphysema. To prevent COPD:</p>
    <p>• Don’t smoke. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.</p>
    <p>• Minimize exposure to chemicals and air pollution.</p>
    <p><strong>No. 5 — Alzheimer’s Disease</strong></p>
    <p>There’s no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but consider taking these steps:</p>
    <p>• Take care of your heart. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.</p>
    <p>• Avoid head injuries. There appears to be a link between head injury and future risk of Alzheimer’s.</p>
    <p>• Maintain a healthy weight and include physical activity in your daily routine.</p>
    <p>• Avoid tobacco.</p>
    <p>• If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.</p>
    <p>• Stay socially active.</p>
    <p>• Maintain mental fitness. Practice mental exercises, and take steps to learn new things.</p>
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