Major Risks to Women’s Health

There are seven major risks to women’s health, according to data gathered from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), that can be prevented.  These risks are as follows:  1) Heart Disease, 2) Cancer, 3) Stroke, 4) Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, 5) Alzheimer’s Disease, 6) Accidents, and 7) Type 2 Diabetes.

Prevention of the 7 Risks

All of the above-mentioned major risks to women’s health can be reduced, first, by limiting alcohol intake and giving up smoking.  In addition to these two, there are other targeted methods aimed at reducing the specific risk or disease.  The following identifies each risk and its associated preventative methods:

  • Heart Disease
      Heart disease can be prevented by maintaining the proper weight eating  properly, exercising daily, managing your stress level, and managing any chronic illnesses or conditions.
  • Cancer
    • There are various types of cancers that are prevalent in women (i.e. breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and skin cancer), and this risk can be reduced or prevented by early detection, breast-feeding, engaging in physical activity, protecting your skin from the sun, eating enough vegetables and fruits, and maintain the proper weight.
  • Stroke
    • Some strokes cannot be prevented due to other factors, such as heredity, ethnic group, and age.  However, other factors can be controlled or prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and managing any prolonged illnesses or conditions.
  • Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
    • Lower respiratory diseases are chronic conditions of the lungs – emphysema and bronchitis.  These diseases can be prevented by minimizing your exposure to pollutants, whether chemically or environmentally generated, and washing your hands in order to prevent infections to the lungs.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Doctors have not found a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  However, you can try to maintain mental and social aptness, engage in daily physical action or activity, and maintain any prolonged illnesses or conditions.
  • Accidents
    • The foremost fatal accident that happens to women is motor vehicle crashes.  These crashes can be prevented by wearing your seatbelts, not drinking or using any other inhibiting substance when you drive, following the speed limit, and not driving when you are tired and sleepy.
  • Type 2 Diabetes
    • This is the most common type of diabetes or “sugar diabetes”.  Diabetes can be prevented by maintaining the proper blood sugar or glucose level.  You can do this by keeping your weight under control, eating healthy foods, and engaging in physical activity on a daily basis.  If your diabetes is out of control, it can cause blindness, heart problems, damage to your nerves, etc. [1]


Women’s health risks can often be prevented.  With the right information, women can educate themselves on how to prevent these seven (7) major risks.  By adhering to preventative methods, such as limiting alcohol intake, quitting smoking, eating healthy, managing chronic illnesses, engaging in physical activity, and getting proper health check-ups, women can live a healthy and manageable life.


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[1] Mayo Clinic Staff (n.d.).  Women’s health: Preventing the top 7 threats.  Retrieved April 16, 2012 from Mayo Clinic Website:

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