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The Top 5 Women's Health Issues

May 01, 2023
The Top 5 Women's Health Issues
Taking care of your health is key to a long life — and it’s important to know your risk of common health conditions. Learn about some of the most common health issues affecting American women, and find out how to enjoy your best health at every age.

Your health is one of your most valuable assets. Routine doctor’s appointments are one of the best ways to manage your health at every age — but unfortunately, there are some common health issues that women can experience even with the best preventive care.

At Better Health Management, we’re here to help. We specialize in women’s health care, and in this post, we’re taking a closer look at five common conditions that could threaten your health and what you can do about them.

1. Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in the United States. It develops when the blood vessels that supply your heart with blood get narrower or blocked. The condition makes your heart work harder, inducing extra strain and increasing your risk of a heart attack.

Anyone can get heart disease, but certain factors increase your risk. High blood pressure, a family history of heart disease, and smoking make heart disease more likely. To reduce your risk, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and get regular blood pressure checks.

2. Diabetes

About one in nine American women has diabetes, a metabolic condition that affects how the body processes blood sugar. Diabetes increases your risk of other health conditions, including heart disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage.

Fortunately, proactively managing your condition can help protect your health. We can recommend personalized care like a healthy diet, exercise, and medication to lower your risk of serious complications.

3. Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women (after skin cancer). It occurs when the cells in your breast tissue grow uncontrollably, forming a tumor.

All women are at risk of breast cancer. Your risk may be higher if you have a personal history of breast cancer, family history of breast cancer, or you’re over the age of 50. Regular breast exams and mammograms after a certain age help detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

4. Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalances can occur at any age — from puberty to post-menopause. A number of factors can trigger hormonal imbalance, including stress, certain medical conditions, pregnancy, birth, and menopause itself.

Hormonal imbalances can cause symptoms like weight gain, mood swings, acne, and irregular periods. Treatment depends on the hormone imbalance you have, and it can include lifestyle changes, medication, or hormone replacement therapy.

5. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

An estimated one in 10 women has PCOS, a specific type of hormonal imbalance that affects the way your ovaries function. If you have PCOS, your body produces higher-than-normal levels of male hormones, which can lead to irregular periods, acne, and excess facial hair.

Without treatment, PCOS can also cause weight gain, diabetes, and infertility. Treatment for PCOS can include lifestyle changes, like regular exercise, or medication to help regulate your hormone levels.

How to protect your health at every age

Proactive care is key to protecting your health. At Better Health Management, we recommend annual well-woman visits for women of all ages. We conduct a thorough exam, perform screenings and tests based on your unique risk factors, and answer any questions you have about your health.

With annual visits, we can track health changes over time and identify any issues as early as possible. Early detection often means more effective treatment, so you can enjoy your best health at each stage of life.

To schedule a women’s health appointment at Better Health Management, contact us online or call our office in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York, New York, at 332-237-4647.