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According to the latest report by the Center for Disease Control – 20.8 MILLION Americans have Type II Diabetes, 7% of the population.

According to the American Heart Association’s latest report –

- An estimated 700,000 Americans will have their first heart attack this year.

- An estimated 500,000 will have a recurrent heart attack.

- The lifetime risk of developing Chronic Heart Disease after age 40 years is 49% for men and 32% for women. 

Here’s a really scary one from the American Cancer Society 

1,444,920 new cases of cancer are expected in 2007 – NOT including over one million new cases of skin cancer expected to be diagnosed in 2007. It is expected that over 1,500 people will die everyday from cancer.

Everyone seems to think that the rise in American life expectancy to almost 78 years old was reason to celebrate. According to the American Heart Association, it should be 85.

  • Factors associated with survival to age 85 included female sex, lower systolic BP, lower total cholesterol,better glucose tolerance, absence of current smoking,and higher level of education attained.Factors associated with survival to age 85 free of MI, unstable angina, HF, stroke,dementia,and cancer were nearly identical.

   -When adverse levels of 4 of these factors were present in middleage, fewer than 5% of men and approximately 15% of women survived to age 85. 

The same reports that were the cause of celebration also stated that 40 countries have longer life expectancies than the U.S. So we celebrate a .2 increase in life expectancy, but ignore the fact that we sure could be doing a lot better. 

According to the Center for Disease Control, Only one in seven people in the United States eats enough fruits and vegetables and gets enough exercise.

The CDC assessed the diet and exercise habits of 356,112 people with a series of questions. They wanted to find out how many people follow the government's recommendations to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and to engage in moderately intense exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or vigorous exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, three days a week.

Moderately intense exercise is defined as activity that causes small increases in breathing or heart rate -- such as bicycling, gardening, brisk walking or vacuuming. Vigorous exercise is any activity that causes a large increase in breathing or heart rate -- including aerobics, running or heavy yard work.

And according to the 2007 Report From the American Heart Association

  • In respondents ages 18 to 74 years, data from the 2000 BRFSS(CDC) showed the prevalence of healthy lifestyle characteristics was as follows: no smoking, 76.0%; healthy weight, 40.1%; consumption of 5 fruits and vegetables per day, 23.3%; and regular physical activity, 22.2%. The overall prevalence of the healthy lifestyle indicator (i.e., having all 4 healthy lifestyle characteristics)was only 3%, with little variation among subgroups.

Is it any wonder why our country is so sick? 

But you’re not going to be part of that number anymore, are you?



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