admin - May 18, 2010
A nation at risk. That is, without question, what we are.
A recent Centers for Disease Control study found that nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Each of these are major risk factors for heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. The report came from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2006, a long-standing government study that looks at the health of the United States population.
Here are the shocking results:
- 45% of adult had a least one of three diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic conditions — hypertension (high blood pressure), hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or diabetes
- 13% had two of these conditions
- 3% of adults had all three
What makes the results of this study so frightening is that 15% of the population — one in seven — are unaware that they have one or more of the conditions.
One reason — high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and even diabetes are often completely silent in the early stages. By the time you are experiencing symptoms, your disease can be very advanced. Screenings such as the ones Life Line Screening offers can be helpful in identifying disease earlier, as are regular visits to your doctor. In addition, eating well, not smoking, exercising and staying at a healthy weight are the fundamental steps to keeping these conditions at bay.
Of course, if eating right, not smoking, getting proper exercise and maintaining an ideal weight was easy, we wouldn’t be a nation in trouble. The good news is that small steps can make a huge difference. Visit the SmallSteps website to learn more.
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