Top 10 Health Issues in America

The top health issues facing America today are slightly different depending on if you're a male or female.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one heath issue for both men and women.  Heart disease causes heart attacks and strokes and kills more people than every form of cancer. To combat this, eat low fat and low sodium foods and quit smoking.

Cancer

Lung cancer causes the most deaths, followed by breast and colorectal cancer.  Quit smoking, get regular cancer screenings, eat healthy, and use sunscreen to reduce your risk.

Stroke

For women, stroke is at number three, while for men, stroke is number four.  Again, quit smoking, lose excess weight, exercise, and eat a healthy diet to help prevent a stroke.

Respiratory Diseases

This includes bronchitis and emphysema. These types of diseases belong to a class called COPD which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The best way to ward off these diseases is to not smoke.

Injuries

The leading cause of fatal injuries for both men and women is motor vehicle accidents. Be sure to wear your seat belt and don't drink and drive.

Diabetes

Diabetes can cause all sorts of health related issues such as kidney damage, heart disease, blindness, and poor blood circulation.  Poor blood circulation may cause cuts and scraps to not heal as fast and can ultimately lead to amputations if gangrene sets in. Certain forms of diabetes can be controlled by losing extra weight, exercising, and eating healthy foods.

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease ranks number five for women and ten for men.  Some believe that heart disease may be a contributing factor and others believe it's related to head injuries.

Pneumonia and Influenza

The common flu is usually something that can be fought off under normal circumstances; however, it can lead to pneumonia which can be fatal.  Good personal hygiene such as washing hands and sterilizing surfaces, door knobs, and other common places people touch can help prevent the spread of the flu.

Kidney Disease

This is ranked ninth for both men and women. High blood pressure and diabetes are leading causes of kidney disease.  Lose excess weight and exercise to reduce your blood pressure and reduce your risk of becoming diabetic.

Septicemia

Blood poisoning, known as septicemia, is the tenth cause of death among women. It can be caused by a lung infection, urinary tract infection, or other bacterial infection. To prevent septicemia, wash your hands frequently, treat infections promptly, and change tampons often.




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