Leading Causes of Death For Americans, LOOK OUT!

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Dear Fellow Fitness Enthusiast,

In order to better prepare yourself for your future and better health, we first should start off at the opposite end of the health spectrum, DEATH. Although most people shy away from this topic, there is a lot we can learn from the major leading causes of death for Americans. I also believe we can change our lives a little at a time just by understanding some facts about these leading causes of death and becoming aware of what causes these problems to arise.

 

Number of deaths for leading causes of death

  1. Heart disease: 616,067
  2. Cancer: 562,875
  3. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 135,952
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 127,924
  5. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 123,706
  6. Alzheimer’s disease: 74,632
  7. Diabetes: 71,382
  8. Influenza and Pneumonia: 52,717
  9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 46,448
  10. Septicemia: 34,828

Source of this data; Center for Disease Control and Prevention(2009 data)View here!

Next you will find what causes these severe problems and how we can avoid them.


1.Cardiovascular Disease A.K.A. Heart Disease (CVD)

CVD remains the number one killer in North America. These diseases—such as heart attack, stroke, angina pectoris, atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, and high blood pressure—and their risk factors are so interrelated that it is very difficult to say “where it all begins.” This leading causes of death one place to look when sorting this out is with atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is the buildup of plaque in the arteries. The danger is that plaque can lead to aneurysms and blood clots, and clots in turn can result in thrombosis, heart attack, and stroke.

High cholesterol levels bring increased risk. As LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) levels increase, CVD risk increases. When other risk factors are present, risk increases even more. A person’s lipid levels are also affected by age, sex, heredity, and diet.

High blood pressure increases the heart’s workload and can lead to increased arterial damage, opening the door further for atherosclerosis. High blood pressure is also the biggest risk factor for stroke. When high blood pressure exists with obesity, smoking, high blood cholesterol levels, or diabetes, the risk of heart attack or stroke increases several times. This is one of the major leading causes of death for Americans.

Obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and diabetes are closely linked risk factors. Those who are overweight are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke even if they have no other risk factors. The weight itself is not the culprit; rather, the excess pounds concentrate other risk factors. Obesity has a negative influence on blood pressure and cholesterol, and may lead to diabetes. And, of course, one of the reasons for obesity is a sedentary lifestyle.

Stress is also a contributing factor. Research indicates that there is a relationship between the risk of developing coronary heart disease and stress. This is because stress releases certain chemicals, which can increase heart rate and raise blood pressure. Stress also contributes indirectly to CVD, as people under stress may smoke and drink more than those who lead stress-free lives.

2.What Causes Cancer?

Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes. In this section you can learn more about the known causes of cancer, including genetic factors; lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity; certain types of infections; and environmental exposures to different types of chemicals and radiation.

Visit the cancer index to find out more! Cancer.org(index Here)

3. What causes Strokes?

What is a stroke?
Brain cell function requires a constant delivery of oxygen and glucose from the bloodstream. A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted, causing brain cells to die. Blood flow can be compromised by a variety of mechanisms.

What causes a stroke?

Blockage of an artery

The blockage of an artery in the brain by a clot (thrombosis) is the most common cause of a stroke. The part of the brain that is supplied by the clotted blood vessel is then deprived of blood and oxygen. As a result of the deprived blood and oxygen, the cells of that part of the brain die and the part of the body that it controls stops working. Typically, a cholesterol plaque in a small blood vessel within the brain that has gradually caused blood vessel narrowing ruptures and starts the process of forming a small blood clot.

Risk factors for narrowed blood vessels in the brain are the same as those that cause narrowing blood vessels in the heart and heart attack (myocardial infarction). These risk factors include:

high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking.

For more info visit Medicinenet.com/stroke/

4.Chronic lower respiratory diseases:

Chronic lower respiratory diseases refers to chronic (ongoing) diseases that affect the lower respiratory tract (including the lungs). The most prevalence are COPD, emphysema,chronic bronchitis, and also smoking-related disorders. Also included are less common chronic lung disorders such as cystic fibrosis.Visit wrongdiagnosis.com for more Info!

5. Accidents!

Accidents happen all the time, that’s why insurance companies want you to be covered at all times and in all situations. Whether it be at home, in your car, on vacation or even moving things around the yard. Always think safety first, use your seat belt, plan ahead, be a defensive driver and take your time, It may sound like common sense but in this busy world everyone is in a rush. Patience is a virtue and It could save your life! Auto accidents are a big percentage of death by accidents. Most auto accidents happen 2 miles from home. This is another one of the major leading causes of death for Americans.

6. Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a set of related diseases in which the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar (specifically, glucose) in the blood.

Glucose in the blood gives you energy to perform daily activities, walk briskly, run for a bus, ride your bike, take an aerobic exercise class, and perform your day-to-day chores.

From the foods you eat, glucose in the blood is produced by the liver (an organ on the right side of the abdomen near your stomach).

In a healthy person, the blood glucose level is regulated by several hormones, including insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas, a small organ between the stomach and liver. The pancreas secretes other important enzymes that help to digest food.

Insulin allows glucose to move from the blood into liver, muscle, and fat cells, where it is used for fuel.

People with diabetes either do not produce enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or cannot use insulin properly (type 2 diabetes), or both (which occurs with several forms of diabetes).

In diabetes, glucose in the blood cannot move into cells, so it stays in the blood. This not only harms the cells that need the glucose for fuel, but also harms certain organs and tissues exposed to the high glucose levels.

Type 1 diabetes: The body stops producing insulin or produces too little insulin to regulate blood glucose level.

Type 1 diabetes comprises about 10% of total cases of diabetes in the United States.

Type 1 diabetes is typically recognized in childhood or adolescence. It used to be known as juvenile-onset diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

Type 1 diabetes can occur in an older individual due to destruction of pancreas by alcohol, disease, or removal by surgery. It also results from progressive failure of the pancreatic beta cells, which produce insulin.

People with type 1 diabetes require daily insulin treatment to sustain life.

Type 2 diabetes: The pancreas secretes insulin, but the body is partially or completely unable to use the insulin. This is sometimes referred to as insulin resistance. The body tries to overcome this resistance by secreting more and more insulin. People with insulin resistance develop type 2 diabetes when they do not continue to secrete enough insulin to cope with the higher demands.

At least 90% of patients with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is typically recognized in adulthood, usually after age 45 years. It used to be called adult-onset diabetes mellitus, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. These names are no longer used because type 2 diabetes does occur in younger people, and some people with type 2 diabetes need to use insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is usually controlled with diet, weight loss, exercise, and oral medications. More than half of all people with type 2 diabetes require insulin to control their blood sugar levels at some point in the course of their illness.

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during the second half of pregnancy.

Although gestational diabetes typically goes away after delivery of the baby. Women who have gestational diabetes are more likely than other women to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

Women with gestational diabetes are more likely to have large babies.

Metabolic syndrome (also referred to as syndrome X) is a set of abnormalities in which insulin-resistant diabetes (type 2 diabetes) is almost always present along with hypertension, high fat levels in the blood (increased serum lipids, predominant elevation of LDL cholesterol, decreased HDL cholesterol, and elevated triglycerides), central obesity, and abnormalities in blood clotting and inflammatory responses. A high rate of cardiovascular disease is associated with the metabolic syndrome.

Pre-diabetes is a common condition related to diabetes. In people with pre-diabetes, the blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetic.

Pre-diabetes increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and of heart disease or stroke.

Pre-diabetes can typically be reversed without insulin or medication by losing a modest amount of weight and increasing your physical activity. This weight loss can prevent, or at least delay, the onset of type 2 diabetes.

An international expert committee of the American Diabetes Association redefined the criteria for pre-diabetes, lowering the blood sugar level cut-off point for pre-diabetes. Approximately 20% more adults are now believed to have this condition and may develop diabetes within 10 years if they do not exercise or maintain a healthy weight.

About 17 million Americans (6.2% of adults in North America) are believed to have diabetes. About one third of diabetic adults do not know they have diabetes.

About 1 million new cases occur each year, and diabetes is the direct or indirect cause of at least 200,000 deaths each year. This is another to the list of serious leading causes of death for Americans.

The incidence of diabetes is increasing rapidly. This increase is due to many factors, but the most significant are the increasing incidence of obesity and the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles.<a href=”http://www.emedicinehealth.com/diabetes/article_em.htm”>More about Diabetes</a>

THE “Leading Causes of Death” FINAL RECAP!

  1. Although we did not go over all the top ten we will review what we have learned here.
  2. Smoking and second hand smoke is bad on many levels and leads to disease!
  3. Living a sedentary lifestyle can prove to be fatal or cause you to be high risk for disease.
  4. Watch what you eat and how much of it you eat. Eating the wrong foods can cause many health problems and lead to obesity. Watch your cholesterol intake, its crucial that you do.
  5. Get yourself checked out regularly( Blood work, physical, Urine analysis)(This can be done for free at certain health clinics) early detection leads to early combat and higher survival!
  6. Try not to get too much sun or even worse Radiation which can cause skin damage or cancer
  7. Stress leads to disease, take breaks do something fun, take your mind of work and things that stress you out!
  8. Regular exercise can improve your life and health.
  9. Take really good care of your heart you only have one and a lot of people depend on you!
  10. Choose wisely and take your time, your lifestyle makes you who you are!

Extras; Good quality rest and meditation can improve your life by improving your circulation and improving oxygen in your blood. It also helps to reduce stress. Find more ways to release stress, cause in the long run stress gets you sick and tired!

Here’s to your Health, All the Best!!!
FitnessBuyer Miguel




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