Science & Health

Health Issues in the U.S.

In today’s society, many people are affected by health issues due to poor habits in eating and exercising. The U.S. is known as one of the most obese countries in the world due to the lack of exercising and overeating of unhealthy foods.

When looking at the top 10 health issues, there are many issues that can be prevented by taking care of one’s health habits. For instance, the #1 health issue in America according to is heart disease. Heart disease causes both heart attacks and strokes and kills more people than all forms of cancer combined. A good way to prevent heart disease is to quit smoking and eat a diet low in fat and sodium.

The second leading health issue in America is cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of deaths among cancers in both men and women. Breast cancer is also a leading cause of death in women but can also appear in men. In order to reduce the risk of getting cancer, it is advised to stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, use sunscreen to protect the skin from harmful rays from the sun, and get regular cancer screenings at the doctor’s office.

Stroke comes in at the number three leading cause in the U.S. towards women but number four towards men. When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, it is advised to make some everyday life changes to better protect oneself from getting a stroke. For example, lose any excess weight, and exercise and eat a healthier diet.

Respiratory disease, also known as bronchitis or emphysema, is also known as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). This disease is most common to get when smoking. A respiratory disease is the largest risk factor that one can have when it comes to smoking.

A leading cause of death that takes many lives each year is diabetes. There is type 1 diabetes, which one is born with and can’t get rid of, and there is a type 2 diabetes that one can get from a poor eating habit. Type 2 can cause kidney damage, heart disease, and even blindness.

Diabetes has to be constantly monitored by injecting insulin into oneself because diabetes are a result to the lack of insulin produced in the body. Preventing diabetes can happen by losing any excess weight and eating a better food diet.

Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death for women and the tenth leading cause of death for men. It is not clear as to what causes this disease, but it is linked to heart disease and head injuries as well.

Influenza and pneumonia can be simple cases to fight off, but in some cases, they can be fatal. For a safer approach against influenza and pneumonia, washing hands can help with health, and a flu vaccine can help prevent the cause as well.

Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in men and women in America. The main cause of this is high blood pressure that is caused by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association stresses for diabetes patients to keep their blood sugar low in order to prevent a kidney disease or failure.

Septicemia, also known as blood poisoning, is the tenth leading cause of death in women. It is related to bacterial infections such as a lung or urinary tract infections. A good way to prevent this harmful disease is to wash hands often and seek doctor’s help for harmful looking infections on the body.

Although injuries don’t have anything to do with everyday eating and exercising habits, they are still a leading cause of death in America. The most common of these is getting in a motor vehicle accident. Other common deaths of injuries are poisonings and falls. A safe way to be protected by a fatal motor vehicle accident is to drive with a seat belt on at all times. Another way is to drive with caution all of the time including in harsh weather conditions.

While conducting this research, a recurring theme came up for preventing health issues. An activity that needs to be done more is eating a healthier diet and foods on a regular basis. This helps keep harmful health issues away from the body in the future. Also, exercising needs to be done more as well because America is the leading country in the world with the most obese people on the planet.

Next time, going through a drive-thru at a McDonald’s, Burger King, or Taco Bell, think about the long term effects that these food places have on the body. The foods they are selling are killing the U.S. singlehandedly by making people obese.

Resources used for this article:

Mayo Clinic

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The American Diabetes Association


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