We all get sick from time to time. We all have accidents. That’s why we have doctors and hospitals – so that if and when something happens, we can be put together again (hopefully), and learn some lessons about being more careful and living a healthier lifestyle along the way. What are the most common health complaints in the USA? What can we do to prevent them (or at least reduce their symptoms) in a natural way?
Heart disease is the condition that causes more deaths in America than anything else – it kills more people than cancer. It affects both men and women equally, and it can cause anything from heart attacks to strokes which, if not fatal, can certainly be debilitating. There are things that can be done to lower your risk of heart disease, however. If you smoke, stop smoking (of course, this will make you healthier in general, and reduce the risk of many diseases including cancer). If your diet is poor, change it up so that you’re eating low fat food, and make sure your sodium – salt – intake is lowered too. Although it may be hard at first, you’ll soon get used to your new dietary regime, and your body will thank you for it.
Cancer is a huge issue, despite billions of dollars going into research on how to prevent it and treat it. We’ll get there one day, but in the meantime, cancer is responsible for many thousands of deaths each year. Lung cancer is the most prevalent type, followed by breast cancer and colon cancer. However, there are many different types of cancer, and they all need to be treated. Reduce your risk of cancer by quitting your smoking habit and drinking less alcohol. If you are overweight, consider dieting and exercising more – the more you weigh, the higher your chances of having cancer. Always use sunscreen; a tan is not worth the risk of developing this terrible disease. Plus, whenever you are offered cancer screening, make sure you attend the appointment; picking cancer up early is the surest way to prevent it from becoming fatal.
Stroke can, as mentioned above, be caused by heart disease, but it has other causes as well as such as high blood pressure and blood clots. Women are more susceptible, but everyone should be careful and engage in a healthier lifestyle if they are at risk.
IBS – irritable bowel syndrome – is a common health complaint, and it is something that those who suffer with it will be hit with bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. It can flare up after eating certain foods, and it can cause huge discomfort and pain for days at a time, which can affect work and your personal life too. Ensuring that the bacteria in your gut is balance correctly can help with your symptoms, and taking special ibs nih supplements can help this to happen, reducing the pain and discomfort and restrore the body’s natural balance.
Although injuries can occur at any time and in any circumstances – even when we are being as careful as possible – it seems that the leading cause of injuries is car accidents. It’s important never to drive when intoxicated, either through drink or drugs, and if you’re tired it’s best to rest up for a while before hitting the road. Because even the most careful drivers can be at the mercy of other people, make sure you wear your seatbelt for every journey, and never exceed the speed limit.
Lung diseases including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchitis, and emphysema are some of the main problems that people face when it comes to their respiratory system. Smoking is a major risk factor, of course, so if you do smoke then quitting is the best option for you. Also, staying active by regularly walking, running, or generally working out will keep your lungs doing the job they were designed to do, and can seriously reduce your risk of developing breathing problems later in life.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes isn’t just a disease that means you can’t eat certain foods and you have to inject yourself with insulin each day. It’s much more serious than that. Untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney damage, and even blindness. Although it can be managed, it’s best to try to reduce your chance of getting it at all by losing any extra weight you might have, eating healthily, and exercising more.
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder which means that the brain stops functioning as it should. If you have no experience of this illness, it’s possible to think it’s just an issue with memory loss that gets worse over time, but Alzheimer’s is fatal. The brain ‘forgets’ to tell the organs to do their job, and so everything shuts down. Research is ongoing into what causes Alzheimer’s, and although there is no conclusive answer, it is thought that some head injuries, as well as heart disease and obesity, can be triggers. The key, as with anything, is to keep to a healthy lifestyle, and to keep active – engaging the brain as often as possible with puzzles and questions, and even work, is said to reduce the chances of developing this.
Septicemia is blood poisoning, and it can happen in a variety of different ways. Often, it is a complication of a bacterial infection, such as a urinary tract issue, or a lung problem. It can even be caused in women by not changing a tampon often enough, or using tampons that are more absorbent that you really require. Washing your hands often, and seeing medical attention if you are feeling unwell, for any reason, can help to stop this infection from becoming a big problem.
In most cases, the flu (influenza) is easily fought off if you are healthy. You may feel terrible for a few days, but eventually it will pass, and you will be back to normal. However, there can be complications with the flu, such as pneumonia, which are a lot more serious. If you are elderly, or have a compromised immune system, the flu can also be dangerous. If you find that the symptoms are continuing for longer than a few days, it’s best to contact your doctor for advice.