Going Backward

Jan. 4, 2017 at 12:10pm

Heart Disease Death Rate Rises

I thought we were making great progress with cardiovascular disease, the biggest killer in the U.S. for more than a century. Indeed, death rates from heart disease in the U.S. have declined nearly 70% since 1969, brought about by antismoking and other public-health campaigns, medications to control blood pressure and cholesterol, and new techniques for saving peoples' lives from heart attacks.
The decline in heart-related deaths was so sharp that until 2011 heart disease was was poised to drop below cancer as the leading cause of death. But then the downward trend suddenly slowed and remained low until 2015 when it rose again. Americans are once again dying from heart disease at a faster rate, stalling four decades of gains.

What has caused this change? According to a study by Kaiser Permanente Research, the halt in progress against heart disease reflects the approximately three-decade-long epidemic of obesity and the more recent increase in type 2 diabetes, which is related to obesity.

The data show that Americans are digging their graves with a fork.

Posted in Health Info by Joe

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