Help celebrate the 14th annual National Women’s Health Week, starting Sunday, May 12, 2013, through Saturday, May 18, 2013. Right now, the top three disease risks for women are:
1. Heart disease: Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
2. Cancer: Every woman has a 12 percent chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some point in her life. In fact, of all the women you know, one in eight will contract some form of breast cancer in her lifetime.
3. Stroke: 425,000 women suffer from stroke each year, 55,000 more than men. While these statistics may be overwhelming, there are simple preventative measures to help reduce the risk for these three leading diseases among women. Your Des Moines Metro Hy-Vee Dietitians suggest eating a healthy diet, staying physically active, quitting smoking and getting regular checkups.