Snapshots on Women's Health

Women and Stroke

Stroke Deaths

  • Death rates from stroke are declining. In Utah, stroke rates declined almost 40% between 1999 and 2012, from an overall rate of 61.3 per 100,000 in 1999 to 37.1 in 2012.
  • Overall, women’s age-adjusted death rates from stroke are slightly higher than the death rates for men
  • For women, the risk of stroke sharply increases at age 45.  By age 65, men and women have roughly equal risks of stroke.
  • One third of strokes in women occur before age 65.
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November is National Diabetes Month

  • An estimated 135,000 (6.9%) of Utah adults have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Diabetes can be a serious and costly disease.
  • Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease, lower-extremity amputation, and blindness
  • Diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • With appropriate management and good blood sugar control (generally an A1C of less than 7%), the risk of complications can be reduced. 


  • Men generally have higher rates of diabetes than women
  • Rates for women are
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Breasts Cancer Awareness Month

  • Nearly 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year in the U.S.
  • Nationally, black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.
  • A mammogram is the best way to screen for breast cancer and can help identify women with the disease before they have symptoms.
  • Women aged 40 and over should have a mammogram every two years.
  • In Utah, Asian American women have the highest mammogram rates, and Pacific Islanders have the lowest.
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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The rate of childhood obesity has risen dramatically over the past four decades.  However, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found drops in obesity rates for preschool-aged children in many states. These decreases show that the epidemic of childhood obesity can be reversed.  The obesity rate among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children is currently 31%, compared to 16% of white children.  Obesity puts children at greater risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month is a nationwide movement to increase...

Minority Mental Health

Poor mental health is defined as having seven or more days in the past 30 when mental health was not good.  Poor mental health includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions.   Races shown are for one race only. “Other” race includes belonging to two or more racial/ethnic groups.

  • In Utah, about one out of six adults reports being in poor mental health.
  • Adults who are American Indian or who belong to the “Other” racial/ethnic group (which includes belonging to two or more race groups) have the
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Utahns celebrate signing of sex trafficking and dating violence bills

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah legislature passed the Dating Violence billHB50, and Human Trafficking bill HB163 earlier this year.

Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, sponsored both bills. She says the Dating Violence bill is ten years in the making and had challenges.

"It took a long time to be able to balance the rights of parties that would be involved and that was quite an endeavor."    –Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City

"So I think if they know they have the force of the law and the force of society in general behind them and the...

Presidential Declaration - May 2013 is National Mental Health Awareness Month

President Obama calls upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. For many of the tens of millions of Americans who are living with a mental health issue, getting help starts with a conversation; talking about it with someone they trust and consulting with a health care provider.

You can find nearby treatment through SAMHSA's Treatment Referral line at 1-800-662-4357 (HELP). This toll-free service provides round-the-clock information confidentially on where to go for help
on prevention, treatment, and recovery issues...

April is Minority Health Month

The Office of Minority Health has declared April as the month to raise awareness about health disparities that especially affect members of racial and ethnic minority populations.

*Use caution in interpreting, the estimate has a relative standard error greater than 30% and does not meet UDOH standards for reliability.         

  • Health insurance coverage individuals obtain services that help prevent disease or helps  them obtain optimal treatment  if they already have a chronic condition.
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Heart Health - Cardiovascular Disease

February is Heart Health Month

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in Utah and the U.S.

What is cardiovascular disease?

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other diseases of the heart. It also includes the peripheral vascular system, or the system of veins and arteries that carry blood to and from the heart and lungs.
  • Many individuals can be a high risk for heart disease and stroke but may not have any symptoms.
  • Age and
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Birth Defects / Thyroid and Pregnancy

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and Thyroid Awareness Month

About 1,000 babies in Utah, or about one in 50, are born with some type of birth defect each year

  • Heart defects are the most common type of structural birth defect, accounting for up to one-third to one-fourth of all birth defects.
  • Neural tube defects, which are defects of the spine and brain, affect about one in 1,365 births in Utah.
  • Craniofacial anomalies are relatively common. Orofacial clefts affect one in every 600-750 newborns worldwide. Although Utah does not have excessive rates of birth defects
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