When it comes to the medical field, there are a ton of numbers and opinions surrounding just about every single topic. This leaves everyone not in the medical field wondering what is true, what is important and quite frankly—what does it all mean? There are some statistics that every person should be aware of when thinking of their health and what is critically important.
90% of People Who Experience Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Don’t Live
When it comes to health, cardiac arrest is no joke. This occurs when there is a sudden loss of blood flow, which is resulting from the heart failing to pump blood. Some causes are coronary artery disease and any abnormal heart conditions across the board. Age also increases the risk of cardiac arrest.
CPR is one of the most important things for you to learn if you want to be able to save someone from cardiac arrest. CPR, if administered right after cardiac arrest, can double or triple the chance of survival, according to the American Heart Association. If you find yourself in a position where you fear a loved one could go into cardiac arrest look into taking the online certification for the ACLS pretest.
Less Than 3% of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle
These statistics are depressing to see, but a study has found that Americans are extremely unhealthy. This study was published at Mayo Clinic and highlights some disturbing findings. This study is based on 4 healthy lifestyle characteristics: being active, eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and having a healthy body fat percentage. The study found that only 2.7% of Americans fell in all 4 categories.
What does this mean? This means there needs to be higher accountability to fall within these categories. The characteristic that was the most difficult was the body fat category. Americans have an issue staying at a healthy weight, which comes from many factors that differ per person. Do what you can to implement healthy habits, as well as holding family members accountable. Falling into these 4 categories will increase the quality of life and allow for better health throughout the aging process.
1 in 8 Women Will Develop Breast Cancer, According to Breastcancer.org
That is 12% percent of women developing breast cancer over their lifetime, which is not something to take lightly. Breast cancer can vary in extremity but is still a serious illness that affects so many women. The worst part is that the most significant risk factors are being an older woman. This condition also occurs in 85% of women who have no family history of breast cancer.
The best thing you can do to prevent this is live as healthy of a lifestyle as possible. It also is something that can be detected early with the right precaution. Make sure to educate yourself on when to go to the doctor and what symptoms to look for. Your doctor can show you how to perform an exam as well as educate you on when to schedule an appointment.
1 in 5 Adults Experience Mental Illness Every Year
This statistic was found by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This isn’t a statistic to take lightly considering you are only as healthy as your mind. There are many factors that contribute to mental illness that depend on the person, which makes it difficult to treat and predict. One of the best things that you can do is to be proactive about mental health. There are ways to ensure that you are mentally healthy so that when something starts to affect you, you can recognize the symptoms and act accordingly.
A great option for just about anyone is therapy. The stigma surrounding therapy is quickly dissolving for good reason. Therapy can help anyone navigate any part of their life, mentally ill or not. If you are struggling, the best thing to do is to talk to a professional that can help you achieve the mindset to conquer your issue at hand.
When looking at all the resources out there, you should not have to suffer alone. There are advocates of mental health that discuss techniques like mindfulness meditation and journaling. With all this knowledge, you can get the help you need and have external practices that can help you think through your struggles.
These statistics are all serious and worth knowing. The first step to having great health is being educated and having baseline healthy habits. If you worry about any of these statistics, speak to a doctor and find out what you can do to help yourself and attain peace of mind—you don’t have to be alone in your journey of health. With more resources than ever, keep in mind that mental health is for everyone—not just those who are struggling.