women's health

  1. How women can prevent heart disease naturally

    Stealth disease kills more women than cancer

    It's one of the most persistent myths in modern medicine: Heart disease is a "man's disease."

    Many women believe they don't have to worry so much about heart health because it's not going to happen to them.

    And that could turn out to be a deadly mistake.

    Heart disease kills more women than anything else. It's deadlier in women than all forms of cancer combined, which is why it's absolutely critical that all women take action today to protect the heart.

    And the most important step you can take just might be the simplest one of all.

    Move a little more.

    That's it, ladies. Get moving and get some exercise -- because physical inactivity is the number one risk factor for heart disease in women from the 30s right on up to the 80s, according to a new study of more than 32,000 Australian women.

    Even just a little bit of exercise -- 150 minutes a week, or just over 20 minutes a day -- can cut the risk of heart disease by 33 percent in middle-aged women, and by 24 percent in older women.

    And I believe that if you get a little more movement, your risk would come down even further.

    All told, the study finds that inactivity is responsible for more cases of heart disease in women than drinking, obesity, high blood pressure and even smoking.

    That's not to say those other risk factors aren't important. Of course they are.

    But if you're looking for a starting point, then start moving. Exercise is great for your circulation, your overall cardiovascular health, your ability to take in oxygen and more -- all of which lead to better heart health (as well as improved brain function, stronger muscle and better balance, just to name a few of the other benefits).

    Exercise also has a halo effect. When you move more, you feel better -- and as you feel better, you're likely to pick up other good habits, such as better diet, and shed some of your bad ones such as smoking or drinking.

    And while we're on heart health here, remember that the warning signs of heart problems -- including heart attack -- are often different in women than they are in men.

    That classic chest pain you see in movies and on TV? Half of all women who have a heart attack don't feel it at all.

    That's why you should take a few moments to learn the warning signs, and you can do just that by reading this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Lower risk factors for breast cancer

    Two habits that will boost your risk factors for breast cancer 

    Breast cancer kills more than 40,000 American women a year. After lung cancer, it's the deadliest cancer in women -- but there are two steps you can take right now that can help ensure you don't become part of this grim statistic.

    And you can take both steps at the same time, because they're both related to what you eat.

    Diet of course plays a major role in cancer risk for men and women alike, and two new studies confirm that both what you eat and how much you weigh can dramatically influence your risk factors breast cancer.

    And if you eat a lot of unhealthy saturated fats, your risk is already far higher than it should be.

    Women who eat the most saturated fat are 30 percent more likely to get three of the most common forms of breast cancer: estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive), progesterone receptor-positive (PR-positive) and HER2-negative breast cancers.

    In the study, women who ate the most saturated fats took in about 48 grams a day.

    That's a lot of saturated fat -- roughly triple the recommended daily limits -- but sadly, too many women are eating that much or more each day.

    Most of them get these fats from packaged foods, fast food and snack cakes -- and along with increasing the risk of cancer, these unhealthy foods can also wreak havoc on your arteries and damage your heart.

    And of course, it's a diet that's almost guaranteed to cause another one the major risk factors for breast cancer: obesity.

    I'm sure you've heard about the so-called breast cancer gene, which increases the risk of the disease in some women. It's true. In a second new study, the gene was found to boost the risk of the disease by 70 percent.

    But if you have that genetic marker and you're overweight or obese, that risk climbs by 210 percent.

    In other words, your weight is a much bigger risk factor than your genes, according to the study presented at a recent meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

    The answer here is simple: Lose weight and eat better, and your cancer risk will plunge even if you're genetically predisposed to the disease. You'll also enjoy overall good health, and a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and more.

    I recommend a Mediterranean diet naturally low in saturated fats and loaded with many of the delicious foods you already love.

    For more on the benefits, read this free report from my House Calls archives.

    I'm not done with cancer yet. Keep reading for one potential cancer-causing substance you'll find in your bathroom.

  3. Walking can slash breast cancer risk factors

    Women who've survived breast cancer can help make sure the disease never returns by going for a daily walk, jog or run.
  4. Types of exercise that prevent stroke

    Women who exercise have a 20 percent lower risk of stroke, according to new research.
  5. Breast cancer screening effective?

    Mammograms aren't as effective as advertised, with new research showing they're no better at preventing death from breast cancer than regular breast exams.
  6. Feel the benefits of probiotics

    A probiotic can boost your diet and double your weight loss, according to a new study on women.
  7. Vitamin D benefits ease fibromyalgia pain

    Vitamin D can ease pain, restore function and fight fatigue in fibromyalgia patients, according to new research.
  8. Hearing loss one of the effects of obesity

    Obesity can increase the risk of hearing loss, especially in women, according to a new study.
  9. Sugary drinks can boost endometrial cancer risk

    Soda can boost the risk of endometrial cancer by as much as 80 percent, according to new research.
  10. Sugar boosts signs of rheumatoid arthritis

    Women who drink soda are much more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study.
  11. Essential vitamins can prevent death from breast cancer

    Taking a multivitamin with minerals could slash your risk of death from breast cancer, according to new research.
  12. Heart attack symptoms in women are different

    Women can suffer heart attack without chest pain -- which is why it's essential to learn the other possible symptoms.
  13. Testosterone in women can help female brains

    Testosterone gel can improve memory in older women, and may even reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
  14. Fruit antioxidants prevent signs of bladder cancer

    Women who eat the most fruit -- and have high levels of the antioxidants found in fruit -- have a lower risk of bladder cancer, according to new research.
  15. The right time for HRT

    Women need estrogen after hysterectomy -- but many are afraid to get it. New numbers show how this fear is costing thousands of lives.
  16. Household chemicals and hypothyroidism symptoms in women

    Common chemicals used in everything from cookware to cosmetics can increase the risk of thyroid problems, especially in women.
  17. Feeling depressed doubles stroke risk

    A new Australian study finds that depression may double stroke risk in women... even younger ones in their 40's and 50's.
  18. Effects of radiation linked to heart disease

    Women who get radiation for breast cancer face an increased risk of heart disease in the years and even decades after.
  19. Mammograms boost stress and anxiety

    Women who have ‘false alarms' as a result of mammograms can face as much stress and other problems as actual cancer patients.
  20. Cosmetic chemical linked to diabetes risk

    A common class of chemicals used in cosmetics and around the home can increase the risk of diabetes in women.

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