Health Death Toll
There are many issues that can affect our health. These can lead to tremendous emotional and financial tolls on families, not to mention that many of these issues can lead to death. Here are the leading causes of death in America from the Center of Disease
Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/
- Heart disease: 633,842
• Cancer: 595,930
• Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 155,041
• Accidents (unintentional injuries): 146,571
• Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 140,323
• Alzheimer’s disease: 110,561
• Diabetes: 79,535
• Influenza and pneumonia: 57,062
• Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 49,959
• Intentional self-harm (suicide): 44,193
Because heart disease is the leading killer in the United States I will focus on that issue in this blog.
The Financial Toll
“In 2016, CVD cost America $555 billion. By 2035, the cost will skyrocket to $1.1 trillion.”
As you can see the staggering death toll in America at 633,847 should be of great concern to all of us. According to the American Heart Association “At age 24, your risk for CVD is just 20 percent. By age 45, your chances more than double to 50 percent. Ninety percent of individuals over the age of 80 have some form of CVD.”
Heart Disease in the United States
I don’t want to minimize the other serious health issues listed above but heart disease kills more Americans than any other, here are some additional facts:
- About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
- Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.
- Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.
Heart disease like cancer does not care who you are how much money you have or where you attend church. It can strike anyone at anytime. Fortunately there are common sense things you can do to lower your chances:
- Don’t smoke
- Exercise 30 minutes everyday
- Eat healthy
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get enough sleep
- Manage stress
- Get regular health screenings
All of the above are important to good heart health but the one I feel especially focused on in my life is maintaining a healthy weight. At one period in my life my weight was 275 pounds and I would stretch my height to 5’10”. I was a walking time bomb, and my doctor told me so. I took radical acton and today I weigh 180 pounds and have not felt or looked this good in years.
100 Pounds on your heart
Think about being overweight by 100 pounds? If you have ever seen a 50 pound
weight in the gym imagine strapping two of them to your back and going about your day.
The effect on your work, recreation and just about every other aspect of life is at risk.
It is so easy to let he pounds slip on and getting them off sometimes seems impossible. But you can do it. What’s at risk? Your heart and maybe your life.
Be Healthy ,Wealthy, Wise.
Please leave your victories or struggles with this important topic for my readers.