Healthier lifestyles can be just a phone call away

Courtesy Cannon Health and Wellness Center

Women often juggle careers, families, and in some cases higher education, all while putting their health concerns on hold. Though they have made tremendous strides when it comes to taking care of their health, they still face many challenges.
In 1900 the average life expectancy for a female was 41 years old and the number one killers were pneumonia and the flu: heart disease ranked a distant fourth, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Today, women live to an average age of 77, but the number one killer of women is now heart disease with cancers of the lung, breast or colon falling to second. Ranking in the top 10 are also stroke and pulmonary disease which can be caused by smoking.
The American Heart Association reports that women now account for 50 percent of the 5 million Americans affected by heart failure. The key to overcoming this is proper health care.
Though there are some risk factors that cannot be changed such as gender, age or heredity lifestyle changes can modify the risk for your risk for heart disease, lung cancer, stroke or pulmonary disease.
Regular exercise, an active lifestyle, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and obtaining routine check-ups can help prevent the top diseases affecting women.
The 27th Medical Group and the Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) have programs and opportunities to help move to a helthier lifestyle. Talk to your Primary Care Manager, or for more information on how to improve health, prevent heart disease, and to decrease some cancer risks, call the HAWC at 784-1004.