Why don’t more employers pay for gym memberships? Why won’t the big health insurance companies lower premiums or give dividends for members who practice prevention? Why do individuals choose to take pills to “fix” health problems? I know I am preaching to the choir here because each of you has chosen to fight and take back your health and life!!
Here’s the deal…. inevitably as we age our body starts to break down. Chronic disease doesn’t kill its victims quickly. It manifests over time and slowly over a lifetime can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney issues and failure, blindness, loss of limbs, brain damage and more! We will all have some health crisis or issue in our lifetime. According to the World Health Organization, chronic disease is responsible for 88 percent of deaths in the United States in the form of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s—just to name a few. Why would you NOT do what it takes to prevent all of these things, or at least put yourself in the best possible space in order to fight them!!?????
- As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more chronic health conditions. One in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions.1
- Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2014 were chronic diseases. Two of these chronic diseases—heart disease and cancer—together accounted for nearly 46% of all deaths.2
- Obesity is a serious health concern. During 2011–2014, more than one-third of adults (36%), or about 84 million people, were obese (defined as body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2). About one in six youths (17%) aged 2 to 19 years was obese (BMI ≥95th percentile).3
- Arthritis is the most common cause of disability.4 Of the 54 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, more than 23 million say they have trouble with their usual activities because of arthritis.5
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations other than those caused by injury, and new cases of blindness among adults.6
It would be so much better if our focus and money went into prevention!!
The Cost of Chronic Diseases
In the United States, chronic diseases and conditions and the health risk behaviors that cause them account for most health care costs.
- Eighty-six percent of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. .17
- Total annual cardiovascular disease costs to the nation averaged $316.1 billion in 2012–2013. Of this amount, $189.7 billion was for direct medical expenses and $126.4 billion was for lost productivity costs (from premature death).18
- Cancer care cost $157 billion in 2010 dollars.19
- The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in decreased productivity. Decreased productivity includes costs associated with people being absent from work, being less productive while at work, or not being able to work at all because of diabetes.20
- The total cost of arthritis and related conditions was about $128 billion in 2003. Of this amount, nearly $81 billion was for direct medical costs and $47 billion was for indirect costs associated with lost earnings.21
- Medical costs linked to obesity were estimated to be $147 billion in 2008. Annual medical costs for people who were obese were $1,429 higher than those for people of normal weight in 2006.22
- For the years 2009–2012, economic cost due to smoking is estimated to be at least $300 billion a year. This cost includes nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion for lost productivity from premature death estimated from 2005 through 2009.12
- The economic costs of drinking too much alcohol were estimated to be $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink, in 2010. Most of these costs were due to binge drinking and resulted from losses in workplace productivity, health care expenses, and crimes related to excessive drinking.23
2.7 trillion could buy a lot of gym memberships!!!! Just sayin’!
For full article and references: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm