Women’s Health and What You Should Know
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which naturally leads to discussions on women’s health. While breast cancer is a serious issue, there are other health areas that women need to be aware of to help them they live a long and healthy life.
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women? According to Go Red for Women, “cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men.”
What can you do? First, know the facts about your risk. The Go Red for Women site provides information that can help you evaluate your risk and make adjustments, if needed.
Second, exercise! Get moving! It doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as walking can make a big difference. If you find exercise (or moving) boring, try varying your activities. Walk one day, then go for a swim, and the next day put on some music and dance. Do what makes you happy and keeps you moving. It is recommended that you get around 30 minutes of exercise a day four to five days a week. Doing so not only benefits your heart, it also helps your bones and mental health.
Like heart disease, you need to educate yourself. Know your risks. Know what you can do to help prevent breast cancer. The CDC is a great resource for this information. Wondering about risk factors? Here are a few:
- Genetic mutations
- Reproductive history
The full list is available on the CDCs site. While risk factors are things you cannot change, it helps you know what you need to be aware of. And, some women get breast cancer without any or very few risk factors. This list does not mean that you are getting breast cancer or ensure that you won’t. It is a way to provide you with knowledge so that you can focus on prevention.
When it comes to prevention, it is more about reducing your risk as you cannot stop breast cancer from occurring, just like most cancers. So what can you do? The CDC recommends a variety of things including:
- Keeping a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
- If you have a family history of breast cancer, or have the BRCA genes, talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your risks
The best way to get your body’s needed vitamins is through food, but as we’ve said over and over, today’s foods often lack the needed nutrients. To combat that, take the 90 For Life supplements and any additional items you need to support your health. Youngevity offers supplements for heart health and breast health.
Remember, the key to your health or the women in your life, is knowledge. Once you know the risks and ways to minimize those, you can help control your health.