Top Health Concerns

It’s no secret that people are gradually becoming more health-conscious, and it makes sense because so many persons are being affected by chronic non-communicable diseases. Whether your interest in health stems from preventative or disease-management purposes, we are here to help. In this post, we aim to provide clarity on some top health concerns and why they matter.

Obesity

Obesity is a serious, deadly, costly, and common condition and is a primary risk factor in so many other diseases. According to the CDC, in the United States, the prevalence of obesity was 42.4% in 2017-2018. These statistics are of grave concern since obesity can cause early death resulting from stroke, heart disease, some types of cancers, and diabetes. If you have excess weight, we urge you to take back your health. Start by creating a weight loss plan with the guidance of your primary care provider.

Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association in 2018 reported that 34.2 million Americans (10.5% of the population) had diabetes and of even more concern is the fact that 7.3 million out of the 34.2 million adults with diabetes were undiagnosed. Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is one of the most dangerous conditions one can be affected by because if left uncontrolled, it will affect all body systems. Complications arising from DM may include kidney disease, blindness, nerve injury, blood vessel damage which will result in a heart attack or stroke, and problems with the feet. Many of these issues are preventable with proper diabetes management; get started on preserving your health.

Heart/ Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease is a broad term used for describing any condition that affects the heart. There are several types of cardiovascular diseases, and many of them are preventable. The CDC noted that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women and men in most racial and ethnic groups within the United States. In fact, every 36 seconds in the US, a person dies from heart disease, with the most common types being coronary artery disease and heart attack. You can allay your chances of developing cardiovascular disease by managing your blood pressure and cholesterol and avoid smoking, as these are the primary risk factors associated with heart disease.

Cancer

Cancer describes a collection of related diseases that cause the body’s cells to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues in any area of the body. This condition is wreaking havoc on the country as it is becoming a more common cause of death worldwide. The most common cancers listed by the National Cancer Institute are prostate, breast, rectum, lung, colon, and bronchial cancer. The Institute had also predicted that in 2020, an estimated 1,806,590 new cancer cases will get diagnosed in the United States, and 606,520 people will die from the disease. These numbers are quite worrying, so we urge you to take control of your health today; don’t end up in these statistics.

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are the four top health concerns among Americans. They are chronic conditions that can prove fatal; however, they are all preventable, and if you are already diagnosed with any of them, proper management is the next step. So take those medications as prescribed, lose excess weight, exercise, eat healthily, and practice mindfulness. Reach out to us with any questions you may have; we are always happy to help!

 

 

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‌CDC. (2020, September 8). Heart Disease Facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm#:~:text=Heart%20disease%20is%20the%20leading,1%20in%20every%204%20deaths.

‌CDC. (2021, February 11). Adult Obesity Facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

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‌Statistics About Diabetes | ADA. (2018). Diabetes.org. https://www.diabetes.org/resources/statistics/statistics-about-diabetes#:~:text=Prevalence%3A%20In%202018%2C%2034.2%20million,of%20the%20population%2C%20had%20diabetes.&text=Undiagnosed%3A%20Of%20the%2034.2%20million,and%207.3%20million%20were%20undiagnosed.