5 Health Conditions That Are More Common Than You Think

Find out which health issues are surprisingly common.

5 Health Conditions That Are More Common Than You Think

Unfortunately, in today's day and age, it's likely that you know someone in your family or friend circle that’s been affected by heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. According to the CDC, more than half of all adults had one or more chronic health conditions and four in ten adults had two or more chronic health conditions. Here are five other health conditions that are actually more common than you may think.

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Arthritis

This painful health condition is the number one cause of disability in the country. Arthritis is an umbrella term referring to more than 100 types of joint diseases that affect over 50 million adults in the U.S. It can affect your neck, knees, ankles, toes, wrists, hands, hips, elbows, shoulders, and back. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans. The medical community estimates that the number of people expected to have professionally diagnosed arthritis by the year 2040 is more than 78 million. Arthritis is much more common among people who have other chronic conditions, particularly amongst people who have heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. A doctor might recommend treatment in the form of medications, dietary changes, surgery, or alternative therapies.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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