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Top 7 Health Conditions Affecting Elderly Women

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Did you know that the average woman in America will live to age 81? Women are enjoying longer lifespans, thanks to better quality of life and medical advancements in the last 30 years. However, that doesn’t mean that women are immune from developing health problems as they age. Here are the top 7 health conditions affecting elderly woman today.


1. Alzheimer’s disease 

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Unfortunately, almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women (according to Alzheimer’s Association). In fact, research shows that women are two times more likely to be affected than men. It seems that longevity could be a curse as much as a blessing, because experts believe this disparity is due to women generally living longer than men.

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2. Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become brittle, weak, and fragile. Sadly, it affects women more than men. In fact, 8 million out of 10 million Americans who suffer from this health condition are women. That’s over 80%!

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3. Heart disease

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women of all ages? As a matter of fact, it’s estimated that up to 44% of women in the United States are living with some kind of heart disease. Common types of heart disease include:

  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Cardiomyopathy 
  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart failure

4. Stroke

According to the CDC, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death for women in the United States. The good news is, 4 in 5 strokes are actually preventable! Women can prevent strokes by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and engaging in preventative healthcare. Some common methods may include:

  • Taking aspirin
  • Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Eating healthy and exercising
  • Avoiding (or quitting) smoking

5. Cancer

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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. However, women are susceptible to many other forms of cancer, including colorectal, lung, cervical, and endometrial cancers.

6. Diabetes 

Did you know that over 15 million women in the United States alone suffer from diabetes? That’s 1 in 9 women! Unfortunately, diabetes is often accompanied by a slew of other health problems. This health condition can actually increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, and even blindness.

Related: Could You Have Prediabetes?

7. Arthritis

Like osteoporosis, arthritis is more common in women than men. This health condition, marked by inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness, most commonly afflicts the hands and knees.

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Originally published April 06, 2023

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