Did you know that women are more likely than men to have glaucoma? They also are more likely to become visually impaired or blind due to glaucoma. And, statistics show that women are 24 percent less likely to be treated for the disease, which could be due to the fact that it often presents no symptoms until vision loss begins.
Did you know that colon and rectal (colorectal) cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in young adults? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and this cancer doesn’t discriminate. In fact, there has been a 51 percent increase in young-onset colorectal cancer incidence. One in seven of those young adults are diagnosed under the age of 50, and they more likely are discovered in stages III or IV when the disease is hard to treat. Early detection is key so become aware of the symptoms, and listen to your body. Educate yourself by looking at this infographic.
Guest Blogger: Janet Huehls, RCEP, CHWC, registered clinical exercise physiologist and certified health and wellness coach, UMass Memorial Weight Center; author, Keep Moving blog.
If you’re looking to lower your risk of heart disease as you age, there is great news ahead! Research indicates you can lower your risk by improving your cardiovascular fitness, even as you age. Cardiovascular fitness is a powerful predictor of health and longevity, so powerful it can reduce the risks from having other risk factors. That is powerful stuff!
It’s no secret that being overweight or obese can affect your overall health. When you’re overweight, you increase your chances of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and depression, but did you know being overweight increases your risk for cancer? In 2014, obesity increased the risk of 13 different types of cancer, which together accounted for about 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. In the same year, about two out of three adults in the United States were considered obese, but only half of Americans were aware of the link between cancer and obesity. It’s predicted that in just a few years, obesity will surpass smoking as the most preventable cause of cancer.