Jul 24

Not Quite Number One!

We like to think of America as leading the world in just about everything, but in public health this is just not true. In 2017 the average life expectancy for Americans was 78.7 years. This puts us behind many other developed nations and 1.5 years lower than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (a group of developed countries: Canada, Germany, Mexico, France, Japan, and the U.K.)

It is interesting to note that obesity is implicated in many of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., including number one, heart disease. Here they are for the year 2017:

  1. Heart disease – 647,457 deaths per year (23.5% of total) related to diet and obesity.
  2. Cancer – 599,108 deaths per year (21.3% of total) sometimes related to diet and obesity.
  3. Unintentional injuries – 169,936 deaths per year (6% of total).
  4. Chronic lower respiratory disease – 160,201 deaths per year (5.7% of total)
  5. Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases – 146,383 deaths per year (5.2% of total) related to diet and obesity
  6. Alzheimer’s disease – 121,404 deaths per year (4.3% of total)
  7. Diabetes – 83,564 deaths per year (3% of total) related to diet and obesity
  8. Influenza and pneumonia
  9. Kidney disease
  10. Suicide

If you add up all the deaths in which diet and obesity are definitely or possibly involved, it is over 50%. That is how important it is to control this risk factor.

The resources to help you do just that are right here in your own community.  Click on one of these links to see the AdventHealth  program appropriate to you: AdventHealth Bariatric Support or AdventHealth Diabetes Care. For some patients, weight loss surgery may be an appropriate.

If you have any question about the areas included in general surgery, especially bariatric surgery, please contact our office. Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at 386-210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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