A Sedentary Lifestyle And Poor Fitness Habits Can Kill
- In the United States about 300,000 deaths occur annually due to inactivity and poor dietary habits.
- Less active adults are at greater risk of dying of heart disease and developing chronic ailments such as colon cancer and high blood pressure.
- Nearly 60 million Americans have a form of heart or blood vessel disease.
- Cardiovascular disease kills more than half a million women yearly.
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in African Americans.
- Mortality rates for African American women are higher than any other ethnic group (Latinas rapidly closing in) for nearly every major cause of death including heart disease, lung cancer, breast cancer, obesity complications and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
- Accelerated rates of obesity and high blood pressure among blacks (Latinos rapidly closing in) are among the highest in the world.
Diabetes affects an estimated 18 million people in the US (90 percent to 95 percent have type 2 diabetes) – 13 million have been diagnosed and 5.2 million are unaware they have the disease.
According to recent statistics, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death, and the fifth leading cause of death from disease. Diabetes costs $90 billion annually in medical costs. It costs $40 billion annually in indirect costs (loss of work, disability, loss of life) and is the number one cause of adult blindness in the United States.
- Compared to whites, young African Americans have a two-to threefold greater risk of ischemic stroke.
- 60% of American adults fail to engage in suggested amounts of exercise.
- About 40% of American adults do no exercise.
- Physical inactivity is more common in African Americans and Hispanics than with American whites.
- U.S. women tend to be more sedentary than men.
- Older people are commonly less active than younger adults and less affluent individuals tend to be more inactive than more affluent individuals.
- People engaged in physical activity are often grounded in support systems from family and friends.
- Inactivity increases with age. By age 75, approximately 50% of women and 33% of men partake in no physical activity (although advancing age is simply no excuse for infirmity with most older adults).
- Disabled people are less likely than people with no disabilities to engage in moderate physical activity. However, each group has similar needs to promote health and prevent lifestyle-related diseases.
The dismal outcomes of leading a physically inactive lifestyle coupled with the average American diet comes with a huge price tag often paid by one’s [ailing] health. interestingly, the past Surgeon General estimates that nearly 85%of the most dreaded diseases could be prevented with lifestyle changes, regular exercise and sensible eating.
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Exercise is simply good medicine. Although it cannot prevent all illnesses nor can exercise halt the physiologic process of aging, it is a great starting point! Sensible exercise along with healthier lifestyle choices can improve one’s overall functioning. The key is getting off the sidelines and into the game!
Always check with a medical professional before starting any exercise or nutritional program.