- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health Tips: Heart disease symptoms and risks are different for women
Heart disease in women
Although heart disease often may be thought of as a problem for men, heart disease is the most common cause of death for both women and men in the U.S. Becoming aware of the symptoms and risks unique to women, as well as eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising, can help you protect yourself. Here's what you should know.
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Osteoporosis: What are your risks?
As you age, your body loses more bone mass than it gains, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can cause bones to become weak, brittle and prone to break. In addition to bone fractures, osteoporosis can cause bone pain, loss of height and a stooped posture. Learn what other factors play a role in your chance of developing osteoporosis and which ones you can control.
Women's sexual health: Talking about your sexual needs
Women's sexual health, like men's, is important to overall emotional and physical well-being. A fulfilling sex life improves your sleep quality and reduces stress. But achieving a healthy and satisfying sex life doesn't just happen — it takes self-reflection and candid communication. Try these tips for talking with your partner.
Alzheimer's disease: Can exercise prevent memory loss?
Exercise has many known benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, strengthening the bones and muscles, and reducing stress. It also appears that regular physical activity benefits the brain. Studies show that people who are physically active are less likely to experience a decline in their mental function and have a lowered risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Learn more from Dr. Ronald Petersen, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.
The Mayo Clinic Diet: A weight-loss program for life
Have you tried to lose weight time and again without success? Are you ready for something other than the newest fad diet? The Mayo Clinic Diet is a different approach to weight loss. It's designed to help you reshape your lifestyle by adopting healthy new habits and breaking unhealthy old ones. The goal is to make simple, pleasurable changes that will result in a healthy weight that you can maintain for the rest of your life.