At St. Bernardine Care Providers, we want all of our female patients in the Apple Valley area to understand that they have a unique set of health care needs and risk factors that need to be addressed. Knowing the largest threats to women’s health early, and recognizing the initial warning signs and symptoms, can help to save a woman’s life.
Top 10 Threats to Women’s Health
Heart disease: Recent research has found that heart disease is the number one health threat facing the female population in the United States. At St. Bernardine Care Providers, we specialize in helping our patients take the steps necessary to avoid heart disease. The best prevention methods include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, managing your stress levels and avoiding smoking.
Cancer: The most common forms of cancer in women include lung cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. We at St. Bernardine Care Providers recommend that women exercise on a regular basis, avoid smoking, limit sun exposure and drink alcohol in moderation. In addition, we recommend that all of our patients go for cancer screenings early and often in order to maximize the benefits of early detection and treatment.
Stroke: Many stroke risk factors are hereditary, but many lifestyle choices help to prevent the onset of a stroke. Monitor your blood pressure, avoid smoking and only drink alcohol in moderation.
COPD: Smoking and exposure to chemicals are two main factors that cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Alzheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Disease is an especially difficult disease because there have been no proven or effective ways to prevent the onset of this disease. Monitoring your heart health, eating right, exercising and maintaining a social schedule might help.
Injuries: Fatal car accidents are the leading cause of injury-related death for women. Always take the time to put your seat belt on, drive the speed limit and under no circumstances get behind the wheel if you are under the influence.
Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type of diabetes not only in women but also in men. Eat a healthy diet. Lose weight. Your diet should include plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Influenza: While influenza is common, there are some strains that can be life threatening. To protect yourself, make sure you get the flu vaccine every year.
Kidney Disease: High blood pressure can lead to kidney failure, and diabetes can lead to kidney disease. Prevent this by eating a well-balanced, low-sodium diet and taking all medications prescribed to you.
Blood Poisoning: Blood poisoning is often caused by an infection in the lung, pelvis or urinary tract. The poisoning itself isn’t preventable, so take extra care to avoid getting an infection. Wash your hands on a regular basis and update your vaccines.
If you or someone you know in the Inland Empire is battling any of these diseases or conditions, it’s important to get started on a health care program that is designed specifically for you and your needs. A caregiver from St. Bernardine Care Providers can provide you with specialized health care services right in your home, allowing you to remain calm, comfortable and relaxed during your treatment. For more information on our services, contact us today.