Americans Experiencing More Chronic Diseases

During the last 10 years, the number of Americans between 45-64 years of age experiencing two or more chronic diseases has increased from 16 to 21 percent. For those 65 and older, the percentage jumped from 37 to 45 percent. These changes present huge challenges to the healthcare system of the future--not to mention quality…

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A Mixed Report on Cancer

If you don't smoke, excess weight and lack of sufficient physical activity are the greatest risk factors for cancer, according to the 2012 Annual Report to the Nation stated. While cancer incidence and mortality have continued to decline since the early 1990s, cancers associated with these risk factors are a critical concern. Theyh are identified in…

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Waistlines Expand in the USA

A new study reveals that among high-income countries, the USA has experienced the fastest growth in body mass index (BMI) between 1980 and 2008. It also had the highest average BMI in 2008: 28.5 for men and 28.3 for women. Only Nauru in Oceania exceeded this with BMIs of 33.9 and 35 respectively. PositiveTip: Let's move…

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The World’s Population is Getting Heavier

A new 200-country study published in The Lancet has found that between 1980 and 2008 the prevalence of obesity increased dramatically for both men and women. Obesity among men rose from 4.8% to 9.8%, and in women from 7.9% to 13.8%.

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Diabetes in America

Almost 26 million Americans now have diabetes. These estimates come from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and are based on diagnosed and estimates of undiagnosed cases. The CDC estimates that almost 80 million are pre-diabetic. This trend will lead to 1 in every 3 Americans having diabetes by 2050. Diabetes is a major…

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