Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women and kills 32% of them. Mortality in women from heart attacks is six times greater than breast cancer, most common in women and second to lung cancer as the leading cause of death for women. The reate of African-American women with heart disease is 72% higher than for white women. African-American women between the ages of 55-64 are twice as likely as white women to have a heart attack and 35% more likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. Yet death in itself isn't the biggest problem for women with heart disease. The real trouble is in premature death and disability.
Hunched backs, back pain, and frailty used to be things older women had to accept before doctors knew anything more about osteoporosis. Now, there are steps women and girls can take to avoid such problems.
Depression appears to affect more women than men. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that about 12 million women are affected by a depressive disorder each year.
Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues. There are more than 80 serious chronic illnesses in this category, including lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. >>more>>