Most Common Killer Diseases
We are all afraid of those weird diseases we see on the television yet we always seem to overlook how we can avoid the more preventable, and yet most deadly, common diseases. Below you will find the top five most common diseases, what it does to you, and how they can be prevented.
- Cardiovascular disease- This is the number one killing disease in the world! About 30% of annual worldwide deaths are caused by this disease. This disease involves the heart or blood vessels. This is usually because of plaque on the artery walls that can block blood vessels and normal flow of blood. This causes damage to arms, legs, kidneys, lungs, heart, brain, etc. Sometimes a blood clot could form and travel to your heart resulting in cardiac arrest and potential death.
- Infectious and Parasitic diseases- This accounts for 23% of annual worldwide deaths. Common examples are influenza, yellow fever, tuberculosis, and many others. There’s a variety of ways to prevent some of these diseases like washing your hands, be careful around people who are sick, and getting vaccinations. While some are inevitable like influenza you can properly take care of yourself while sick and eat healthy everyday so that your immune system can fight back.
- Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD)- This disease accounts for 13% of annual worldwide deaths. Ischemic Heart Disease is characterized by reduced blood supply to the heart muscles. Symptoms include angina (chest pain/discomfort) and decreased exercise tolerance. This disease is also known as Myocardial Ischemia. By controlling your cholesterol levels and high blood pressure this disease can be prevented with the addition of regular exercise and a healthy diet to your everyday regimen.
- Cancer- This well known disease causes 12% of annual worldwide deaths. The medical terminology of the deadly disease is malignant neoplasm (Bad cancer) it is a class that displays uncontrolled growth, invasion, and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in body via lymph or blood). Most cancers form a tumor but some do not making them highly dangerous. Although cancer cannot always be prevented because it could possibly be inherited. Eating right and having plenty of anti-oxidants can definitely help out by getting rid of those free radicals that harm your cells and lower your chances of cancer.
- Respiratory infections- This disease accounts for about 10% of worldwide annual deaths. This term can be synonymous to pneumonia but can also be applied to other infections such as bronchitis, emphysema, and lung abscess. Symptoms include shortness of breath, weakness, high fever, coughing, and fatigue. This is also one of those inevitable diseases but by being careful around those who are sick and by seeking out a physician when you are sick are ways to prevent any infection from becoming deadly.
We all know at least one person who has either had or been affected by one of these diseases. Although they seem like nothing you need to make sure that you take care of yourself and always seek out medical attention when needed. By doing so you can prevent minor infections from becoming deadly ones.
Jeff is a freelance writer who covers health and its effect on insurance premiums for the Term-Life Insurance blog from the Consumer Media Network.