Although women tend to have longer life spans than men they still encounter major health risks that could jeopardize their quality of life. Some risks are bigger than others and here is a list of the biggest dangers to a woman over 40's health. listed the major risk factors for women over 40.

Dieting -- and, um, not dieting--More than 60 percent of American women are overweight, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. More than one-third are obese. Unbalanced diets backfire into obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, anorexia, heart disease, and other health problems.
Caregiving Stress--Women tend to take over more of the caregiving chores in a family. More than 70 percent of family caregivers show signs of depression. Caregivers are twice as likely to manage stress by smoking, according to the American Psychological Foundation's 2012 Stress in America report. And they're 25 times more likely to binge drink. Emotional eating is another common coping strategy that backfires on health.
Lousy Sleep -- or Just Not Enough of It --Older women with sleep apnea have an 85 percent greater risk of developing dementia, according to a 2011 JAMA report. Sleep apnea begins increasing in women after age 50; by age 65, it affects one in four women.
Smoking Is a Top Health Risk --Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in middle age. And the longer you puff, the higher your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, lung disease, and cancer. Women smokers of normal weight who smoked for 10 to 29 years had a 16 percent higher risk of breast cancer than nonsmokers

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