At the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, we encourage women to take charge of their health. By partnering with their doctors, finding out their family medical history, educating themselves on health issues, and paying close attention to their bodies, women can live healthier lives.
Many major health conditions stem from lack of control over cholesterol, blood pressure & blood sugar. Management of these factors is vital to prevent Diabetes & Heart Disease, the two biggest conditions women should be concerned about for thier health.
Diabetes affects over 8% of Americans each year, that’s 12.6 million women aged 20 years or older who have diabetes in the United States. What’s worse, over 70 million people in the United States have prediabetes (according to the American Diabetes Association) This means an astronomical number of people are at a high risk for Diabetes and have no clue. Get proactive about your health and regulary check your blood sugar, maintain a healthy diet, and stay physically active to reduce your risk.
Heart Disease is a leading killer in women.Women account for nearly half all heart attack deaths. And although many women still think that breast disease is their greatest health threat, in reality, over a lifetime, heart disease kills five times as many women as breast cancer. A large factor of heart disease is cholesterol & blood pressure. Abnormal cholesterol levels such as high LDL cholesterol or low HDL cholesterol are a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Watch what Dr. Kathleen Drinan, cardiologist, shares about controlling your bad cholesterol.
Women and men are both likely to get affected by high blood pressure in their lifetimes. For persons 65 & older, high blood pressure symptoms in women are seen to be more than in men.It is always recommended that by the time you touch 18 years of age you should get your blood pressure checked every two years. High blood pressure in women or men means having a pressure 140/90 or more. Hypertension can result in heart attack, stroke, eye and kidney problems and even heart failure.
To help women boost thier health,we’re offering free health screenings on Monday, May 23 at the Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen. Register today for a free cholesterol, blood pressure & diabetes screening.