HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to recognize and celebrate a nationwide annual campaign to give people more information about the disease. Breast cancer is the mostly commonly diagnosed cancer in women, according to the World Health Organization. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime; fortunately, early detection and treatment virtually ensures a high survival rate.


Abnormal cell growth that invades healthy cells in the body broadly defines cancer. Breast cancer occurs the same way. It begins as cancer cells that invade surrounding tissues; eventually the cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Women should perform monthly breast self-exams to see if there are any changes in the breasts. You can do this exam standing up in front of a mirror, lying down or when you’re in the shower. If there are changes to one of your breasts, contact a health care professional as soon as possible. Some of the most frequent signs include a change in the way the breast or nipple feels, a change in breast or nipple appearance and nipple discharge.


The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day. Women are encouraged to make an appointment for a mammography to see if they are at risk for breast cancer. A mammogram is a

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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screening that can detect breast cancer in the early stages. Research indicates you are at higher risk of developing breast cancer if it is part of your family history. There are a few ways you can reduce your risk of getting cancer:


•  maintain a healthy weight;

•  stay physically active;

•  follow a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables;

•  do not smoke; and

•  limit alcohol consumption.


These are just a few good habits to adopt for a healthier lifestyle that may help lower your risk of developing cancer. The most important things you can do are having regular breast exams and going to your health care professional on a basis. This October, be sure to participate in events that bring awareness and raise funds for research and the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.