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									The Most Serious Health Concerns for Women and What You Can Do

These days, it seems women have more health concerns than ever. Perhaps
they are greater in number than ever before or perhaps we are just more
aware of women's issues as women are more comfortable having them brought
to the forefront.

One issue that continually does get the attention it deserves is breast
cancer. The breast cancer statistics are alarming, and almost everyone
you know has a sister or mother who has suffered from this deadly
disease. If caught early enough, it does not have to be deadly. In fact,
there are things you can do so that you don't get it at all. Every woman
(young and old) should be checking their breasts monthly to detect for
any strange lumps or any unusual signs. This can be done in the shower,
with one arm raised and the other performing the checking task. Any
doctor can show you the specifics on how to do this. If you do sense
something suspicious, make an appointment with your doctor right away to
have it looked at. The other thing you can do is be a conscious consumer;
every day the FDA is coming out with new information as to what may be
potential carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), from food additives to
plastics to environmental hazards. Becoming aware and taking the time to
be educated can make all the difference in the world.

Another major health concern for women is heart disease. This continues
to be the number one killer of women, actually, and it doesn't just
happen to those you would suspect. When people think of heart disease,
most people think of the severely obese. However, women can suffer from
heart disease, high blood pressure, and clogged arteries from poor food
choices, lack of exercise, and stress. Believe it or not, if you eat fast
food on a regular basis and skip the gym in favor of drinks after a very
stressful work day that ends at 7:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m., you may
be in a higher risk category than your friend who remains calm, eats a
lot of healthy food choices, and practices yoga a couple times a week. If
you know you are in the first group, the best thing you can do for
yourself is to start making small changes. If you can't get away from a
stressful job or career, make sure to step away each hour and do deep
breathing exercises, and stretch your body while at work. Go to the
ladies room to do it if necessary! Try to make smarter food choices, even
if it means just eliminating one of your ‘junk food meals' a week. If
you're not big on exercise, start with a simple walk a couple times a
week and go from there. The sooner you make these changes, the healthier
you will be and the less at risk for heart disease.

A third issue for women and one that has been on the rise for quite some
time is obesity. The "average" American woman has increased in size to a
size 12 or even a size 14, with many women reaching far beyond that size.
This can be unhealthy depending on your body fat percentage. While women
can take some of the same steps as with heart disease discussed above,
people who suffer from obesity may need to take more drastic measures in
order to get their weight down. If you are obese, it is definitely time
to get your diet in check so that you don't later develop heart disease,
or adult diabetes, or a host of other problems from being overweight.
Eating a lot of processed, artificially sweetened, or sugar and fat-laden
foods is likely a habit, and one that needs to be nipped in the bud. Hand
in hand with poor eating habits is exercise habits, and if you don't have
any it's time to get some! It will be difficult at first, and you are
likely to be winded and tired after a very short time of exertion.
However, if you keep pushing through the challenging times you will soon
see and feel the difference. You will notice you have more energy, as
your workout time may go from ten minutes on the treadmill to fifteen to
twenty. As you benefit from this greater energy, it will not only help
power you through your workout sessions, but it will put a brighter spin
on the rest of your life. You will find you have more energy throughout
the day, and chances are you will continue to burn calories because of
this. You will probably find an easier time making healthy food choices
if you incorporate exercise into your fight against obesity as well.

Women's issues can be the same as men's issues or they can be different.
The good news is, women's health concerns get discussed more than they
used to, and this gives us greater power in awareness.

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