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Get the facts on the top health issues for women.
You Will Need
- Healthy diet
- Breast exams
- Good hygiene
Maintain a healthy diet
Maintain a healthy diet to control your weight and blood sugar levels to combat heart disease, which afflicts one in 10 women between 45 and 65.
Monitor signs of breast cancer, especially if there's a family history of cancer. A poor diet, obesity, and alcohol abuse can also contribute. Be sure to get regular exams.
Limit saturated and trans fat consumption to guard against strokes. Sticking to fresh, natural foods in moderation, and exercising regularly, is always good advice. Use alcohol, if at all, only in moderation.
Preserve your breath
Fight the threat of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, particularly bronchitis and emphysema, by avoiding exposure to chemicals and air pollution, and by quitting smoking.
Slim down if you're overweight. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables and exercise regularly to lower your chances of contracting diabetes and to control your blood sugar and blood pressure. Limit your salt intake to prevent kidney disease that can evolve from a diabetic condition.
Build bone strength through adequate calcium consumption and solid physical activity. Nearly 70 percent of Americans with osteoporosis are women, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.