The world is changing, and studies are showing women’s longevity is declining. Researchers are paying attention to these changes, and are looking for ways to help women live longer. One way that everyone can help is learning the five ways women are dying.
#1: Suicide – Mental Health
In a recent report by the National Center for Health Statistics, there has been an increase in suicide rates. The participants in the study were categorized and women were the ones who showed the highest rate of suicide. The rate of suicide for women has increased 60% since 1999.
Depression can be a debilitating condition for women. Women in this world are expected to care for others. They are also expected to work and be the anchor for many people. When they face a crippling condition such as depression, they feel as though they aren’t fulfilling their purpose in life. For that reason, many of them feel as though death is the only solution.
The answer is more education on depression and ways to treat it. The more women know about the condition they suffer, the more likely they will seek help for it. This can save many women’s lives worldwide.
#2: Heart Disease
One in four women dies of heart disease. It’s the #1 killer for women. Plaque builds up on the inner walls of the coronary arteries. This plaque keeps blood from flowing freely and if it ruptures, a blood clot could cause a heart attack.
Fat, cholesterol, and other substances found in blood form plaque. The best way to avoid plaque buildup in the arteries is to avoid excess fat and cholesterol in the body. Many foods contain high amounts of fat and cholesterol, which is why it is best to stay away from those foods, especially if you are already susceptible to heart disease due to genetics. Exercise can help with plaque buildup as well because it uses the excess fat and cholesterol for energy.
Women need to pay attention to the warning signs of heart disease such as obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Taking care of your body with highly nutritious foods and exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease greatly.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women. Some women are more likely to suffer from breast cancer because of genetics.
The best defense against breast cancer is early detection. Administering a self-exam every month can lead to discovery of a lump that could be cancerous. By removing the lump early, the chances of survival are high.
Experts report foods high in antioxidants such as fruits can reduce the risk of cancer. While you may want to add them to your diet, the best way to ensure you are safe from this form of cancer is self-exams. It only takes a minute to do, and it could save your life.
Stroke is one of the most common causes of death in women. The symptoms are obvious, but many women who die from it do not realize it’s a stroke until after they have had one, which can be devastating.
High blood pressure can cause a stroke. It’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by your doctor. It’s also important to work on keeping your blood pressure at a good level, such as eating healthy foods, exercising, and implementing stress-relieving techniques.
It’s important to pay attention to the signs of a stroke.
- Numbness or weakness in the face, arms, legs, or on just one side of the body
- Sudden confusion
- Trouble speaking
- Sudden vision loss
- Trouble walking
- Loss of balance
- Loss of coordination
- Severe headache
If you experience the signs of stroke, seek medical attention immediately.
#5: Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (CLRD)
CLRD is a serious illness comprising of three major diseases:
- Chronic bronchitis
They are characterized by shortness of breath, which is caused by airway obstruction. This can lead to women not being able to breathe, which causes death.
Women who have trouble breathing should make an appointment with their doctor immediately. If a diagnosis of CLRD is made, medication and lifestyle changes are made to keep the illness under control to reduce the risk of death.
Save Lives – Educate Women
Keep these health conditions in mind, and discuss them with your friends. The more women know about these conditions, the more lives will be saved.