The US is in the midst of a health crisis! It is unavoidable that we all get sick at some time or another, but when it happens it’s always costly. It causes you to miss work and sometimes that can mean you forfeit income. And Medical bills add up and can create further strain on your household income! It definitely costs employers as well to not have you at work.
The good news is that many of the prevalent illnesses and diseases that affect US citizens are ones that can be avoided! How, you ask? By taking the correct preventative measures!
What Top 10 ailments that affect the US population?
Heart Disease is by far, the most ruthless disease that affects Americans. It impacts 631,636 individuals per year and doesn’t discriminate between men and women. This disease is the leading killer of all American between the age of 35 and 65. Heart Disease costs the nation well over $290 Billion dollars each year! It is quite staggering to learn the Heart Disease kills more people than all the types of cancer combined!
The risk of Heart Disease can be drastically reduced by:
Cutting out alcohol and
Maintaining a healthy weight
Cancer is the second greatest killer amongst Americans with it affecting 559,888 people per year. This includes all forms of cancer. Lung cancer is the leading form of this disease that affects both men and women. Women are also significantly affected by breast cancer
Studies have shown that you are less susceptible to cancer if you follow a healthy diet, are regularly physically active and do not smoke. You can further reduce the odds by:
Attend regular cancer screenings
Stroke (also known as Cerebrovascular Disease) impacts 137,119 Americans yearly. It is caused by problems with arteries that supply blood within or to the brain. It primarily affects those who have diabetes, smoke or have heart disease.
Simply by altering your lifestyle, you can experience amazing results, with regards to reducing your risk of stroke and many other illnesses at the same time!
Give up smoking,
Maintain healthy food habits
Lose any excessive weight
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases affect 124,583 people, within the population, each year. This disease damages the airways and lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The two main diseases that result from this are Bronchitis and Emphysema.
Bronchitis – Caused by the obstruction and narrowing of the airways usually caused by mucus.
Emphysema – Refers to the damage inflicted upon the air sacs within the lungs. This makes it increasingly difficult for the lungs to acquire required levels of oxygen.
Cigarette smoking is the main culprit for Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases. The chance of falling victim to lung cancer also increases if you suffer from these diseases. It is shocking to learn that smokers are 12 times more likely to suffer from Respiratory Diseases than someone who does not smoke!
It is easy to see that the best way to avoid this type of disease is to:
Stay away from cigarettes
Avoid inhaling second hand smoke
The main cause of this type of injury is caused by motor vehicle accidents. It equally affects men and women with 121,599 harmed a year!
Vehicle accidents can be greatly reduced by doing the following:
Do not consume alcohol or drugs before or during the operation of any vehicle
Wear a seatbelt
Drive carefully and always be on alert
An estimated 72,449 Americans fall victim to diabetes every year! It is a condition where normal blood glucose levels cannot be maintained. This problem affects both men and women and can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, limb amputation and blindness.
It is helpful to realize that this disease is greatly influences by our lifestyle. By making changes it can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Even small changes can have a positive effect in reducing your risk!
Lose excess weight.
This is a progressive disease that impairs the high brain functions such as thinking, personality and memory. Alzheimer’s disease strikes 72,432 Americans. The cause of this disease is mostly unknown but a link has been found between head injuries as well as heart disease.
Reduce the risks of Heart Disease
Influenza and Pneumonia
To most healthy people, a case of influenza is something that is easily recovered from. However, for around 56,326 Americans the complications such as Pneumonia can arise.
Healthy Diet and Exercise
Kidney Diseases including Nephritis, Nephritic Syndrome, and Nephrosis, refer to the disorder where the kidneys are damaged and leak large quantities of protein. It inflicts 45,344 Americans and has been found that Kidney Disease can occur as a result of Diabetes or High Blood Pressure.
Have your blood sugar checked regularly
This condition is also known as blood poisoning. It is caused by the presence of bacteria within the blood that often accompanies sever infections throughout the body. 34,234 people suffer from Septicemia every year.
Good hygiene practices
Seek treatment for any infection as soon as possible
Visit your doctor if you have come in close contact with someone with Septicemia
Start implementing healthy changes to your lifestyle today, and you will reduce your risks of so many of the diseases and health problems discussed today. Replace old habits with new healthy ones…and the new behavior will become second nature in about 30 days!