In this blog, we will dive straight into the point- we as Americans are unhealthy. According to an article by the Mayo Clinic, 2.7% of Americans constitute a “healthy lifestyle” when measured by: a good diet, non-smoker, moderate exercise, and a recommended bodyfat percentage.
How does this affect the current medical model in America? Does it relate to increased costs for diseases and early loss of life due to preventable diseases? Lets take into account two of the top 10 deadly diseases in America and see what exercise can do for them.
According to the CDC, 1 in 4 adults have Diabetes as of 2015 (2). That’s the 7thmost deadly disease in America with 3% of the deaths in America. In two separate studies, one in America and one in Finland, both reduced Type II diabetes by 58% over the course of approximately 3 years while Metformin was shown to reduce the risk by 31% (3).This is just one statistic showing a healthy lifestyle is in your hands!
What about heart disease? That’s the number 1 killer in America making up nearly 25% of the deaths in America. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could treat these proactively? A 2001 Cochran review of 26 articles for cardiac health showed a reduction of mortality by 26% on a minimum 12 week cardiac rehab program (3).
The numbers are staggering!
Lets use Physical Therapy as a springboard to help not only remain PROACTIVE with our health, but also as a jumpstart to a new lifestyle. It all starts with a referral to physical therapy where we can monitor your exercises and vital signs, and progress you to a home exercise program.