We discussed the leading causes of death in an earlier blog post, and covered 5 of the top 10. This time we’re covering 6 through 10 and we’ll talk a bit more about how to stay safe and healthy!
6 – Alzheimer’s Disease
Dementia is an overall term for diseases and conditions characterized by a decline in cognitive function that affects a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s is vascular-related and is just one type of dementia. Dementia is caused by damage to nerve cells in the brain. As a result of the damage, neurons can no longer function normally and may die. This, in turn, can lead to changes in memory, behavior, and the ability to think clearly.
Avoidance may not be possible at this point, but healthy lifestyle choices may delay Alzheimer’s: no smoking, healthy foods, and stay mentally alert. The Alzheimer’s Foundation website has a lot of helpful information.
7 – Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
Diabetes mellitus (Type 1) is a disease in which the body is no longer able to carefully control blood glucose, leading to abnormally high levels of blood glucose (hyperglycemia). Persistently elevated blood glucose can cause damage to the body’s tissues, including the nerves, blood vessels, and tissues in the eyes.
You cannot avoid getting diabetes but proper treatment can make you more comfortable. Type 2 Diabetes can be avoided or delayed with exercise and proper diet. Visit the American Diabetes Association site for more help.
8 – Influenza and Pneumonia
Both lung-related, these diseases often occur simultaneously. Influenza (the flu) is highly contagious, so proper care and treatment is critical. Regular visits to the doctor, immunizations are very helpful in avoiding these two serious illnesses. According to the Mayo Clinic, your best bet for avoiding influenza is the flu shot.
9 – Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
An estimated 10 percent of adults in the U.S. – more than 20 million people – are thought to have CKD to some degree. The chances of developing CKD increase with age, especially after the age of 50, and the condition is most common among adults older than 70. Untreated, CKD can lead to serious problems and death, so please see your doctor if you have any symptoms – see the Kidney Foundation for more info, and:
Avoid excessive intake of alcohol
Follow instructions on OTC medications, especially when using non-prescription pain relievers
Maintain a healthy weight
Manage medical conditions with the help of a doctor or health care professional
10 – Suicide
Over 40,000 people commit suicide every year in the United States. The causes are many, including depression, other physical illnesses, and mental disorders. The key is to get help early. Reach out and ask for help, find counseling, and try to avoid drugs and alcohol – they are not solutions. Call 1-800-273-8255 – the suicide prevention hotline if you begin to have thoughts about hurting yourself. There is help, and things do get better.
Conclusion: While no one can avoid the eventuality of death, we can delay it and make our lives much better if we follow guidelines for good health, both physical and mental.
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