The Crisis of Chronic Disease in America

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption – known as modifiable risk behaviors – are responsible for illness, suffering, early death, and chronic disease.”

According to the Centers for Disease control; “Chronic diseases are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S.”  Chronic diseases account for up to 75% of health costs per year.  And despite this huge financial investment, there is no expectation of cure for these diseases.

  • 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans are from Chronic Diseases.
  • 1 out of every 2 adults has at least one chronic illness.
  • 1 in 4 children have chronic diseases
  • Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.

These numbers are projected to increase by more than 1% per year by 2030, resulting in an estimated chronically ill population of 171 million people.

All of these chronically sick people have a huge financial impact on our economy. Chronic illnesses  take up about 75% of health care costs each year. The most common chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer)  are costing the U.S. more than $1 trillion per year– which is expected to increase to $6 trillion by the middle of the century.  As individuals, this is straining our bodies and our bank accounts as the number one reason people go bankrupt is medical expense.

The good news is that up to 90% of these chronic diseases are preventable. That means you are in control of your health.  It also means: It’s not genetics.  You are not destined to suffer from these diseases because your father or your grandmother did.  Choices about what we eat, how much we move and what we put in our bodies predict our future health or illness.    And if you are one of the 1 in 2 who already suffers from a chronic condition, you know how important it is to prevent the next one, because statistics show, once you have one chronic disease  you are at a higher risk for developing others.

The biggest factors that contribute to developing chronic disease are poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and environmental toxins. It doesn’t take drastic changes.  You make important progress toward improving your health by taking natural vitamins, exercising 30 minutes a day, and reducing your exposure to toxins by eating organic and using non-toxic cleaning products in your home.

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