Even with the dramatic improvement of treatment of various diseases, nothing is better than not contracting the disease in the first place. Chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer account for some of the most common health problems, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet many of these chronic diseases are preventable, as they’re linked to poor diet and lifestyle choices including tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and inadequate physical activity.
The CDC states that:
- Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability.
- 70% of annual deaths are due to chronic diseases.
- These preventable conditions not only compromise quality of life, they add to rising health care costs—75% of our health care dollars are devoted to treat these diseases.
- Among adults ages 20 to 74, diabetes remains the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, and non-traumatic lower-extremity amputations.
The National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention recommends:
- Be Involved in Your Health Care
- Be Tobacco Free
- Eat Wisely
- Be Physically Active
- Strive for a Healthy Weight
- Limit Alcohol
- Get Screening Tests and Immunizations
- Get Recommended Screening Tests and Immunizations
- Manage Stress
- Be Safe
The good news is that you have the power to help prevent chronic disease, as making positive diet and lifestyle changes can help reduce risk. Share your prevention strategies with completely.com!