10 Shocking Statistics About Women’s Health

With Womenís Health Week upon us, now is the perfect time to discuss some of the most relevant statistics behind womenís health.†

While some of these statistics are already somewhat known, some of them may surprise you and a couple may actually infuriate you. We’ve†gathered the latest data government entities and health organizations in an effort to give you a clear picture of womenís health struggles and your power to help.

1. 36.4% of women over the age of 20 are considered obese. (CDC)

According to the CDC, individuals who have a weight increase to show overweight or obese levels have a higher likelihood of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension and stroke among many other issues.

There are a variety of factors that play a role in obesity which makes it a bit of a complex issue. However, we do know that when it comes to preventing and treating obesity we at least have control over our environment and our behavior.

2. 32.8% of women 20 years and over have hypertension. (CDC)

The CDC gathered this data according to women who already have recorded high blood pressure and/or are already taking medication for hypertension.

Mayo Clinic defines hypertension†as a condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough to cause health issues like heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Some high blood pressure is a natural occurrence, however this isnít always the case. We also know that hypertension is caused by a variety of factors including stress and obesity.

3. Only 45.2% of women meet the 2008 federal guidelines for aerobic activity. (CDC)

What this means: weíre not moving as much as we should.†The 2008 guidelines†suggest that adults should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous intensity physical activity.

4. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. (American Heart Association)

It used to be that heart conditions were a manís problem. Well, it turns out women are very likely to die from cardiovascular issues. In fact, despite popular belief, heart disease kills more women than men.† According to the CDC, heart disease also kills more women than cancer does.

The good news is this can be prevented. You can visit the†American Heart Association†to learn more about how cardiovascular issues affect women and what to do about it.

5. Osteoporosis threatens 44 million people, 68% are women. (National Osteoporosis Foundation).

Osteoporosis used to be something that older women just had to accept.†However, now we know that we can take preventative measures and actually help our bones as we age.

6. Twice as many women suffer from depression than men. (National Institute of Mental Health)

According to the†National Institute of Mental Health†scientists are diligently working to determine all the potential causes that could lead to more depression in women. At this point they are theorizing that itís a mixture of brain chemistry, hormones, environment, genetic, biological and social factors.

7. 75% of autoimmune diseases occur in women. ( American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association )

Women are three times more likely to have an autoimmune disease than men. These diseases are also cited as the top 10 causes of death in U.S. women ages 65 and younger. Women have a more advanced immune system than men, which makes them more resistant to infection, however this also leads to a higher risk of autoimmune diseases.

8. Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.†

One may be tempted to think that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, but in reality lung cancer is the most prevalent among females. Smoking is a big cause of lung cancer and according to the CDC about 15% of women over the age of 20 still smoke.

9. 90% of women who experience chronic pain feel the healthcare system discriminates against them. (National Pain Report)

A†recent ThinkProgress article†has brought an important issue to light: the fact that there is a long history of gender bias in the healthcare industry. In particular, itís well documented that women patients are often told that many of their symptoms are in their head.†The New York Times†even reported that this gender bias as one of the reasons endometriosis, as well as other reproductive issues, go ignored in teenage girls and later cause major infertility issues.

10. 10% of U.S. couples deal with infertility.

This isnít just a womenís issue, but you canít talk about gender without talking about reproductive health. According to the CDC, 1/3 of infertility cases are due to female infertility. A Stanford study has found that†30% of female infertility can be traced to ovulatory disorders. Fortunately,†if these disorders are caught, 70% of them can be treated successfully.

Final Thoughts

The good news about these statistics coming to light is that we can try to do something about them. For many, this may require us to practice preventative medicine. For others, it may require a lot of advocacy to change an entire sector.


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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Julia Oleynik
Julia Oleynik3 years ago

Thank you for sharing

Christine Jones
Christine J3 years ago

Disturbingly high stats here.

Caroline d.
Caroline d3 years ago

Thank you.
Be blessed

Margaret M. F.
Marge F3 years ago

Thank you for posting this informative article.

Peter Blattner
Peter Blattner3 years ago

Surely that's shocking, but looks you times the countless women (and men) that bad diet (fast food) and just sit at home in front of the TV and do absolutely nothing else! And that every day! Sorry if I say that in my own way, but you should just stop also drag your finger from the bottom out and sometimes show a little more will. - Where there is a will, there's a way!

Ilona V.
Ilona V3 years ago

Thanks for the very informative article.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you