Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, and heart disease, have been on the rise for years.
These are just a few of the numerous conditions that continue to plague our society in the 21st Century.
It should come as no surprise that chronic illness illness is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. It is estimated that chronic illnesses account for 70% of deaths in the US alone. This means that every American Citizen has been directly or indirectly affected my chronic disease in some way. Whether it be through illness, loss of independence, loss of a family member, economic burden, etc.
In the United States of America, we have some of the most progressive healthcare in the world. We are actually first in emergency care. If you want an X-Ray or an MRI, it is relatively easy to get, provided you have the funds, and if you have quality health insurance you only need to meet a deductible. Compare this to Canada or Australia where people can sit on waiting lists for these “non-essential” tests for months, or years! It is easy to see how we could take our health for granted as a society.
It is estimated that chronic illnesses account for 70% of deaths in the US alone.
Current estimates show that at present, 66% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight and approximately 34% are obese. This is a trend that is beginning to occur among youth as well in ages 2-19. We can not afford to ignore this situation any longer. As a society, we have to change our behavior. Excessive body weight is associated with a barrage of health risks including but not limited to, decreased quality of life, diabetes, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer, pregnancy complications, and shortened life expectancy.
Research indicates that musculoskeletal pain is much more common now than it was 40 years ago, and one of the main contributing factors is lack of physical activity. In fact, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to an increase in low back pain, knee injuries, and other musculoskeletal injuries, as well as unnatural posture. This results in an overall increase in work-related injuries, approximately 40% of which are sprains (ligament injuries) and strains (muscle and tendon injuries). Most people don’t realize what makes exercise successful because they get discouraged if they can’t jump in to the WOD at a CrossFit Box. A successful exercise program gets you doing a little more today than you did yesterday!
In 2002 the World Health Organization recognized that lack of physical activity is a significant contributing factor to chronic illness, but most Americans do not achieve the recommended minimum exercise each week to maintain optimum health. Sadly, as our society adapts to the new landscape of worldwide pandemics, that trend may continue to grow.
We need to take control of our health as individuals! The burden falls to each of us individually to make sure that we are doing everything we can to promote a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our families.
A successful exercise program gets you doing a little more today than you did yesterday!
Future generations will be impacted by what we do today.
Yours in health,
Ian Rude is the Founder of Pure Neurology Consulting and NEUCLEAR Health & Fitness. Ian is a well renowned Neuro Therapist, specializing in Functional Neuro-Muscular Stimulation for rehabilitation and performance enhancement. In 2015 Ian suffered a shoulder injury while on duty as a Firefighter and was later diagnosed with a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. With over 12 years in healthcare, Ian began working with individuals suffering from conditions such as CRPS, Fibromyalgia, and many more. He quickly made a name for himself in the chronic pain community as someone who thinks outside the box. Ian’s research focuses around Medical Cannabis, Functional Neurology, and Human Movement Science.
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