Ladies, Make Your Health a Priority

The screenings that you need now.

Why Take Steroids? - According to the Mayo Clinic, some athletes are drawn to anabolic steroids because they may help speed up recovery time after a tough workout by reducing muscle damage. "This enables athletes to work out harder and more frequently without overtraining. In addition, some athletes may like the aggressive feelings they get when they take the drugs," according to the health website. (Photo: Erik Isakson/Getty Images)

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Why Your Health Matters - Did you know it’s Women’s Health Week? This week raises awareness of the importance of ladies to make their health a priority. Read about the state of women’s health in Black America, which screenings you need and how to live a healthier life now. —Kellee Terrell

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We Tend to Put Our Health Last - When it comes to women’s overall and reproductive health, we tend to put them on the back burner. Whether we are busy taking care of others, running the household or going to work, our health isn’t always the priority that it needs to be. It’s important to slow down and put ourselves first because our family is essentially as healthy as we are. (Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty IMages)


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How Obamacare Strengthens Women’s Overall Health - Not having access to quality health care is a dangerous thing. But thanks to Obamacare, millions of Black women are going to have affordable health care that makes preventive care co-pay free. This care covers a range of services from HIV testing, domestic violence counseling, prenatal care, well-woman visits and more.  (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Calling Girls “Fat” May Increase Their Risk for Obesity - Telling girls that they are “fat” can increase their risk of obesity. Researchers found that girls (both Black and white) who were ridiculed were 1.66 times more likely to be obese by the age of 19. It’s believed that this negativity can help foster feelings of despair and usher in even more unhealthy lifestyle choices, HealthDay writes.(Photo: GettyImages)

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Obesity and You - It’s estimated that almost 75 percent of Black women are either overweight or obese. While no one is suggesting we be stick thin, having too much extra weight puts us at an increased risk for chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers. Reconsider your diet and try easing into a workout routine.  (Photo: Stockbyte/Getty Images)


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Protect Your Ticker - Heart disease is the number-one killer among Black women — and we are twice as likely to die from it than white women. So make heart-healthy choices: eat better, cut down on salt and exercise most days of the week. Also talk to your doctor about where your heart health stands now and how to make improvements.  (Photo: Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

No Family History of Breast Cancer? No Need to Worry - Yes, having a family history of breast cancer can definitely raise your risk for developing the disease, but that doesn’t mean no one else should worry. Any woman can develop breast cancer, especially women who are obese, don’t work out, consume a lot of alcohol and smoke. (Photo: Will & Deni McIntyre/Getty Images)

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Think Pink! - Black women tend to be diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age and it tends to be more aggressive. Women between the ages of 20 and 39 should have a clinical breast exam every three years, while women over 40 should have a clinical exam every year. Since the 1990s, early detection has helped decrease the overall breast cancer mortality rate in women, though that decline has been slower in African-American women than in whites(Photo: Wil & Deni McIntyre/Getty Images)


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Get a Pap Smear - HPV usually heals itself, but in Black women, it takes longer to clear up and hits us harder. This puts us at increased risk for developing cervical cancer and dying from it. So be proactive: Use condoms and get yearly pap smears to detect precancerous and cancerous cells. And if you are younger than 27, opt to getting the HPV vaccine. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

STD/HIV Counseling and Testing - With health care reform, HIV/STD counseling and testing are now included in our annual exams. Also, use this time with your doc to talk about safer sex and better ways to talk to new partners about condom use.   (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Know Your Status - Even though our numbers are down 23 percent, Black women still have the highest HIV diagnosis rates in the U.S. One way to fight AIDS is through annual testing at a clinic or your doctor’s office. Just remember, if you do not talk to your doc about testing for HIV, it may not happen. Speak up and demand to know your status.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

If I Had an STD, I Would Know - While some women may know they have an STD because they are showing clear signs that something is wrong, not all do. Sometimes, STDs are asymptomatic. So if you really want to know your status, get tested.  (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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STDs Are No Joke - A past CDC study found that almost 50 percent of Black female teens has had one STD. With so many STDs showing no symptoms, we can have them and not even know. So get tested and tell your partner the same thing. Undiagnosed STDs can affect our fertility, reproductive health and make us more vulnerable to HIV infection. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Does Working Night Shifts Increase Black Women’s Diabetes Risk? - Researchers found that younger Black women who work the night shift increase their risk for diabetes by 39 percent compared to women who work during the day. Why? Working in the wee hours does something to our sleep cycle, which can disrupt metabolism and blood sugar stabilization, reported. (Photo: Mark Hatfield/Getty Images)

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Get Your Sugar Under Control - More than four million of us suffer from diabetes — 15 percent of all African-Americans 20 and older. Diabetes can bring about kidney issues, renal failure and even amputations. Talk to your doctor about where you stand and how to make changes in your life to prevent the disease.  (Photo: Mark Hatfield/Getty Images)

No Smoking Outdoors - Think twice before you want to light up a cigarette on a nice stroll through an NYC park, because in 2011 it became punishable with a $50 fine to smoke at city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas, including Times Square.(Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

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Quit Them Cancer Sticks - While we tend to smoke less than white women, we are just as likely to have lung cancer and more likely to die from it. Smoking also increases our chance of cervical cancer, heart disease, gum disease and eye problems that can lead to blindness. Talk to your doctor about how to quit.  (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)


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Pledge to Be a Well Woman! - Make a pledge now to start living a healthier life! Get other women in your life to join you and make it a team effort. (Photo: Leonora Hamill/Getty Images)

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