Many of today’s most common health issues are related to lifestyle choices and environmental circumstances. It’s helpful to know what kinds of health conditions most adults have a high chance of facing in their lifetime, so you can adjust your choices now in order to prevent them as much as possible.
Here are the 10 most common health issues, as well as some tips on how to stave them off as early as you can.
#1: Depression and Other Mental Health Conditions
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common health conditions today. Today’s world is highly chaotic, and many people are isolated, overworked, and lonely. Make sure to maintain a work/life balance and seek out mental health treatment if you start to see symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Many of today’s most common health conditions, like heart disease, mental health, colon-related conditions, and a number of cancers, are caused by being overweight or obese. Start making small changes like getting regular exercise and eating nutritious foods as early in life as you can to prevent developing morbid obesity.
#3: Addiction and Substance Use
Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse and addiction are becoming increasingly common. Opiate addiction, in particular, is a common health condition. In many cases, people are self-medicating with substances due to stress, chronic pain, or trauma. Support groups and mental health treatment is available, as well as medical detox, to help you curb substance use issues.
#4: Tobacco Dependence Disease
Although not as many people smoke today as they did a few decades ago, tobacco use (or “tobacco dependence disease”) is still a serious problem. It can lead to lung cancer, sleep apnea, and many other serious health conditions later in life. Seek out support groups or ask your doctor about ways to quit if you smoke.
Rates of type 2 diabetes are growing, as more American adults eat poorly and become overweight. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or managed in part through a nutritious diet and regular exercise, so consult a doctor about ways to control your blood sugar and improve your cholesterol levels as soon as you can.
#6: Bodily Trauma
Violence and injuries are common due to domestic violence in particular, as well as accidents such as car collisions. Bodily violence can cause physical injuries as well as mental health conditions like PTSD. Ask your primary care physician about domestic violence resources if you are worried about violence in your relationship or at home.
Pneumonia is a common health condition among older adults in particular. As the population ages, pneumonia rates are rising. If you find yourself with symptoms of an infection, head to the doctor right away to prevent it from declining into a more serious condition like pneumonia.
Sexually transmitted disease rates are increasing across the U.S., with chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis making a comeback after years of declining rates. Make sure to practice safe sex each and every time you have sex, and get tested regularly.
#9: Lung Problems and Asthma
Environmental pollution in many communities is leading to an upswing in lung problems, including asthma. Get your home tested for mold and other toxic elements, and try to use natural products as much as you can, to avoid lung issues and other common health conditions.
#10: Dental Conditions
Because many people lacked adequate access to health care as children, dental conditions are common in adulthood. Brush and floss regularly, and ask your doctor about finding an affordable dentist as soon as you can to resolve any dental issues before they become more severe.