Top 10 women's health threats
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of chronic lung conditions, including bronchitis and emphysema. To prevent COPD:

  • Don't smoke. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Minimize exposure to chemicals and air pollution.

Alzheimer's Disease
There's no proven way to prevent Alzheimer's disease, but consider taking these steps:

  • Take care of your heart. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's.

  • Avoid head injuries. There appears to be a link between head injury and future risk of Alzheimer's.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.

  • Avoid tobacco.

  • If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.

  • Stay socially active.

  • Maintain mental fitness. Practice mental exercises, and take steps to learn new things.

The leading cause of fatal accidents among women is motor vehicle crashes, according to the CDC. To reduce your risk of a deadly crash:

  • Wear your seat belt.

  • Follow the speed limit.

  • Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or any other substances.

  • Don't drive while sleepy.

Falls and poisoning also pose major women's health threats. Take common-sense precautions, such as having your vision checked, using nonslip mats in the tub and placing carbon monoxide detectors near the bedrooms in your home.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes - the most common type of diabetes - affects the way your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Possible complications of type 2 diabetes include heart disease, blindness, nerve damage and kidney damage.
To prevent type 2 diabetes:

  • Lose excess pounds, if you're overweight.

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat foods.

  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.