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Hypertension and its Burden of Disease

Rates of high blood pressure have increased globally over the past 25 years.

Researchers estimate that 874 million adults worldwide have a systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher. Analyzing data from 844 population-based studies in 154 countries between 1990 and 2015, scientists attempted to assess the relationship of hypertension to various causes of death. They estimate that 14% of total deaths and 143 million life-years of disability are due to hypertension.

PositiveTip: When a wholesome lifestyle and ideal weight fail to control blood pressure--its time to see your physician and consider medications.

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Restrict Kids Access to Guns

Firearm-related deaths are one of the top three causes of death in youth.

In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics continues to recommend restricting children's access to firearms. One in 5 injury deaths of those younger than 20 years is firearm related. In 2009, 114 individuals under age 20 died as a result of unintentional gunshot injuries, and more than half of these involved 15-19 year olds.

PositiveTip: The safest homes for a child or adolescent have no firearms.

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Alcohol and the Top Three Causes of Teenage Death

Alcohol use contributes to the top three causes of death in 12-20 year olds.

Drinking alcohol contributes to the three leading causes of death among persons aged 12–20 years: unintentional injury, homicide and suicide.

PositiveTip: Avoid all alcoholic beverages, they adversely affect mental reasoning, a root cause of these three causes of death.

 

The World is Killing Itself

For thousands of years humans have fallen to the illnesses served up by nature's villains. Infectious disease such as bubonic plague, malaria and tuberculosis have killed millions. But the tables have turned -- we are now killing ourselves at a higher rate than nature is killing us.

The World Health Organization reveals this in the Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases. Each year, of the 57 million deaths in the world, 63% (36 million) are now from self-inflicted causes. Four specific risk factors were identified: (1) tobacco, (2) alcohol, (3) lack of exercise, and (4) poor eating habits. 

Around the world, one billion adults are overweight. This will rise to 1.5 billion by 2015. Of children under 5 years of age, 40 million are overweight or obese.

Squaring Off Life!

Just a few days ago, a dear friend of ours past to her rest at age 94. She was an incredible lady with a zest for life and and a love for other people. It is hard to believe that just a month ago she was driving her own vehicle on her errands, and living remarkably well in her own house! The impact of a healthy lifestyle on quality of life.

On the other hand, we also know individuals who have suffered increasing disability over a span of many years. Their quality of life has continued to deteriorate over their lifespan.

One of the concerns of scientists has been that people with low health risks tend to live longer than those with higher health risks.

Obese Men Die Young

A Danish study reported at the International Congress on Obesity, suggests that men who are obese by age 20 die eight years earlier on average than non-obese men. The unique feature of this study was that the subjects were followed from their teens until age 80.Man measuring belly.

The study started with over 5000 military men. Deaths among the 1,930 obese men were contrasted with deaths among a random sample of 3,601 non-obese males. Body mass index (BMI) was measured at the average ages of 20, 35 and 46 years.

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So Much for So Little

Get moving to live a longer and better life!

If people would simply start a walking program of at least 30+ minutes of brisk walking daily beginners: start slower, work up, and break it up into 15 minute sessions), they could positively impact their own health. Many research reports show that compared to sedentary persons, those who exercise regularly have a:

  • 45% reduced risk of cancer
  • 60% reduced risk of diabetes
  • 48% reduced risk of heart disease
  • 62-65% reduced risk of hip fractures
  • 68% fewer strokes
  • 57% decreased rate of developing high blood pressure
  • 34% decreased risk of catching a cold
PositiveTip: Wow! That's a huge benefit for a small investment in physical activity.