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Alarming Health Statistics

According to recent studies:

  • Seven out of ten adults will die from either heart disease, cancer or stroke.
  • The U.S. Committee on Nutrition stated six of the ten leading causes of death are linked to our diet.
  • Each year two million hospital admissions are due to prescription drugs - 180,000 of them result in death.
  • Every 33 seconds someone dies of heart disease and a fatal heart attack is usually their first symptom.
  • Sixty-five million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure.
  • Every forty-five seconds, a stroke occurs and every three minutes, someone dies of a stroke.
  • Americans paid $58 billion for stroke-related medical costs and disability in 2006.
  • The American Cancer Society: 156 people per hour are diagnosed with cancer and 1,900 die every day.
  • In the last two years, cancer has been the number one cause of death in people under the age of thirty.
  • Cancer strikes nearly one in every two men and more than one in every three women.
  • The median age for the diagnosis of cancer is sixty-seven in adults and six in children.
  • More Americans die from complications of hip fractures due to osteoporosis than from all auto accidents.
  • Every two minutes a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer. Over 200,000 are diagnosed annually and 44,000 die.
  • Cancer kills more children every year than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined.
  • Sixty-five percent of Americans age twenty and older are overweight or obese.
  • Obesity is one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes.
  • Women in the U.S. are ten times more likely to develop osteoporosis, breast cancer and uterine cancer compared to women in countries where milk and cheese were not part of the traditional diet.

What are you doing to beat the odds?