The top four killers in America are not drunk drivers, violent killings, AIDS, or illegal drugs.
Number one is the non-contagious degeneration of the heart called cardiovascular disease. Other non-contagious diseases are numbers 2, 3, and 4.
The war on these diseases has cost billions of dollars and years of research, and yet the death rates continue to increase, instead of decrease.
The chronic disease statistics reported in The World Health Report are incredible:
- Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the USA.
- Sudden blood clots in arteries (strokes) occur in about 500,000 people a year in the U.S. and for about 150,000 of those people, the stroke is fatal. About 2 million American's daily lives are affected by stroke-related disabilities.
- 58 million people in the U.S. have hypertension - a major risk factor for coronary heart disease.
- Nearly a million cancer cases are found each year in people in the U.S.
- Approximately 16 million Americans have diabetes, the severest forms of which cause kidney damage, limb damage, and other cardiovascular damage.
- 1.5 million broken bones a year have been identified as partially caused by weak and brittle bones due to osteoporosis. It is estimated that 20 million Americans over the age of 45 are affected by osteoporosis.
- 34 million Americans are obese. Obesity is associated with a higher mortality rate, and is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
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