Women's Health

Posted on Jun 29th 2018 by Florida Blue

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You eat right. You stay active. You get enough sleep. Your health is on track, right? Still, it’s good to be on the lookout for some common health conditions that can affect women. Read on, and call your doctor if you have concerns.

Heart Disease

You may think of men when you hear “heart disease,” but this condition is the leading killer of women over 25. The good news is you can take steps to help prevent heart disease.

  • Eat a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables and limit highly processed foods made with added sugar or white flour.
  • Exercise enough to raise your heart rate several times a week.
  • Talk to your doctor about ways to manage or prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Breast Cancer

Your risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, but you can be proactive to help lower your risk.

  • Get moving. According to the National Cancer Institute, physical activity can reduce breast cancer risk, and if you exercise enough to lose weight you can lower your risk even more.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol.
  • Perform a monthly breast self-exam and get a mammogram each year after age 40 or as directed by your doctor.

Quick Wins for Women’s Wellness

Here’s a list of healthy tips to help you feel your best.

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
  • See your doctor for your annual wellness visit.

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