That was my first response as I read the list. As a read more though I began to feel motivated and interested. There is so much disease that we can prevent. If I can just try and help my patients make better decisions on what they eat and be more active -- i might really be able to make a difference.
Here is the list of the estimated number of deaths related to the risk factors annually:
- 467,000 for smoking
- 395,000 for high blood pressure
- 216,000 for overweight and obesity
- 191,000 for inadequate physical activity and inactivity
- 190,000 for high blood glucose
- 113,000 for high LDL cholesterol
- 102,000 for high dietary salt
- 84,000 for low dietary omega-3 fatty acids from seafood
- 82,000 for high dietary trans fat
- 64,000 for alcohol use (26,000 averted from benefits for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes versus 90,000 alcohol-related deaths from injuries, violence, cancers, and other diseases)
- 58,000 for low fruit and vegetable intake
- 15,000 for low dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (less than 1% of all deaths)
If we can just try and be more active, not smoke, and eat a steady diet of "heart healthy" foods, we might get to the point where we actually die from things other that cardiovascular disease. Remember that heard disease and stroke remain the #1 and #3 killers of all Americans.