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Lifestyle and Disease – The Connection

Lifestyle and Disease – The Connection

Many common diseases can be avoided or impacted by improvements in personal health.  In his book, The Culprit and the Cure, Stephen Aldana, PhD reports that a large percentage of chronic diseases are lifestyle-related and, he claims, largely avoidable:

Stroke 70%
Cancers 71%
Heart Disease      82%
Diabetes 91%

In addition to the personal pain and suffering inflicted by these four disease states, they account for a significant portion of medical, Rx and disability claims expense for the average employer.

So which health risks drive these disease states?  The chart below (also from The Culprit and the Cure) outlines the national prevalence of lifestyle-related health risks:

Smoking 23%
High Cholesterol 30%
High Blood Pressure      30%
Overweight/Obese 64%
Inactivity 78%
Poor Diet 80%

 

By helping employees and their families manage these lifestyle factors, we can successfully achieve health risk reduction and cost savings.

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