In 2004 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control published a report describing the top 10 causes of death amongst women. I know is sounds scary, but the good news is that many of them are preventable.
10. Blood Poisoning, 1.5% of deaths.
Blood poisoning or septicemia is an illness that has to be taken seriously because it can turn really quickly into a life-threading condition. Women started to pay more attention to this disease when in January 2009 Mariana Bridi da Costa, a Brazilian mode died after a urinary tract infection that lead to blood poisoning.
9. Chronic Kidney Disease, 1,8% of deaths
Women suffer less from kidney disease than man, but if diabetic, their chances of suffering from a fatal kidney disease is same as men. Women are most vulnerableto this disease during menopause because their bodies don’t produce enough estrogen to keep them safe. Also, the absence of the hormone testosterone leads to rapid progressing of this disease when the patient is diabetic.
8. Influenza, 2.7% of deaths
Due to the H1N1 virus the public awareness of the danger of influenza has spiked, mostly among pregnant women who are especially vulnerable. Pneumonia and influenza are also a serious threat to elderly women and for those with weakened immune system.
7. Diabetes, 3.1% of deaths
According to the American Diabetes Association, 9.7 million women in the U.S. are suffering from diabetes. Pregnant women are more exposed because pregnancy often brings gestational diabetes. If things get out of control it can lead to miscarriages or birth defects. The prevalence of diabetes is two to four times higher among Asian, Hispanic, Native and African American women.
6. “Unintentional injuries,” 3.3% of deaths
There are six major causes of deaths: drowning, poisoning, suffocation, falling, fire/burns and vehicle crashes. Women who are diagnosed with osteoporosis should be more concern about falling, especially in their late years. Accidental poisoning is another health threat on the rise.