Sick! Epidemic of Chronic Diseases

1 in 2 American adults have a chronic disease, and 7 in 10 deaths can be directly linked to chronic illnesses. 80% of Americans 65 and older suffer from a chronic disease.  Chronic diseases are illnesses that can be controlled but not cure and is long lasting.  A few examples of chronic disease are cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease, cancer, obesity, and osteoporosis.  Heart disease, in particular, is a major concern in society.  As the single biggest killer of Americans since 1920, heart disease causes 1 in 4 deaths of Americans.  Heart attacks strike over 920,000 individuals each year.  Diabetes affects over 18.8 million people, with a staggering 7 million undiagnosed.

Many individuals with diabetes suffer from strokes-the risk for stroke is 2-4 times higher in those with diabetes.  Cancer is another major disease that affects men and women.  1 in 2 men will experience cancer, along with 1 in 3 women.

In order to avoid these diseases, many people are taking charge of their health.  A few of the ways to remain healthy is to avoid excessive alcohol consumption, quit smoking, and begin a diet and exercise regimen.

Sick! Epidemic of Chronic Diseases

 

Recommended Post

Men’s Health When it comes to preventing disease, eating right and a healthy lifestyle are your strongest line of defense. This infographic from the Academy of Nut...
Antidotes for Addiction Addiction is an epidemic that transcends every race, age, and lifestyle.  Whether its painkillers, uppers, or downers, millions of individuals strug...
Blood Facts and Statistics “I vant to drink your blood statistics.” Well, perhaps Bela Lugosi never did say that, but he might have if he had seen the “Blood Facts and Statis...
Dealing with Addiction in the Workplace There are many who drink every night but flinch when they hear the word 'alcoholic'. But ask them not to have a beer after work and they freak out. ...
The Best And Worst Exercises The gym is like a war zone. There are men with guns as big as bazooka’s grunting loudly as they do their pull-ups. There are slinky gym bunnies runnin...
Allies in Health: Meeting the growing demand for Health Careers Health Careers has created an infographic, featuring several allied health careers in which the demands for new employees are expected to increase. A...
Medicine Then and Now Medical technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past few decades.  From lifespan to vaccinations, we’ve seen huge improvements in how o...
The World’s Biggest Polluters The proper perspective seems to have caught up with objective reality. No, there is a greater realization that there is no global warming, no human ca...
Tea tariffs: The Shocking Cost of a Cup of Tea With rising gas and electricity costs, Britons can gripe about the rising cost of doing everyday things, such as making tea. But do we really have it ...