Top 10 women's health threats

Influenza is a common viral infection. While a case of the flu isn't usually serious for otherwise healthy adults, complications of the flu can be deadly - especially for those who have weak immune systems or chronic illnesses. To protect yourself from the flu, get an annual flu vaccine.
Kidney Disease
Kidney failure is often a complication of diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's treatment suggestions. In addition:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Limit the amount of salt you consume.

  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.

  • Lose excess pounds, if you're overweight.

  • Take medications as prescribed.

Blood Poisoning ( septicemia or sepsis)
Septicemia is a life-threatening infection marked by the presence of bacteria or their toxins in the blood. Septicemia commonly arises from infections in the lung, urinary tract, abdomen or pelvis. Often, it isn't preventable -- but you can take steps to avoid infections and to protect yourself from illnesses that weaken your immune system:

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Keep your vaccines current.

  • Seek prompt medical care for any serious infection.

  • Change tampons at least every six to eight hours and avoid using superabsorbent tampons.

  • Wipe from front to back after urinating and urinate after sex.

It's important to understand common women's health risks, but don't feel intimidated. Instead, do whatever you can to lead a healthy lifestyle - including eating healthy foods, staying physically active, getting regular checkups and paying attention to your environment. Preventive measures can go a long way toward reducing your health risks.