The world is sick. Unfortunately, it is getting worse every day. Despite the advanced health technology, some diseases remain a threat to the world population. Deadly are these illnesses that traditional and west medicines have not been able to get the world rid of them. It is sickening to see millions of lives lost due to these diseases. Of course, everything possible is being done, but it is far from over. Just to bring a close focus on the state of global health, here are the top 5 illnesses in today’s society:
Killer illnesses in today’s society
Ischemic heart disease
This is one of the many kinds of heart diseases. It cuts down the supply of oxygen and blood to the entire body. It leads to heart failure and deaths when left untreated. The known risk factors for this disease include diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. Every year, this illness accounts for 7.25 million deaths. Fortunately, it is very preventable. Leading an active life and eating a healthy diet can keep this disease away.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
The world is still struggling to contain the spread of HIV since it was first discovered in 1983. Today, AIDS claims 1.78 million lives each year. There is no vaccine or cure yet discovered for this pandemic. However, education and awareness have worked a great deal to slow down its spread. Poor nations in Africa are still dealing high prevalence rates.
Years back, cancer was known as a disease common among the rich. Today, it is has become a disease for every man and woman. The most common type cancer is bronchitis and lung cancer. Those in high risk are consumers of nicotine products. In a year, bronchus, lung and trachea cancer claim for 1.3 million deaths in the world.
This one of the most common illnesses in developing countries. It involves passing of loose stool for at least three times in a day leading to acute dehydration. It is both a viral and bacterial disease spread though contaminated water and foods. If left uncontained it can claim many lives as it has been witnessed in some parts around the world. It accounts for 2.46 million deaths each year around the globe.
These are condition revolving around pregnancies and childbirth. They include severe bleeding, obstructed labor, and unsafe abortions. While developing nations have made huge strides towards reducing deaths caused by these conditions, developing nations are still struggling to contain the same. In the world today, perinatal conditions claim 3 million infants and half a million women every year. Improved medical care and ease of access to maternal and infant health care are touted as the best way to curb on these deaths.
As you have read about the top killer diseases in the society today, you should be asking yourself what is being done to deal with these diseases. Is enough being done to contain them? What can you do as an individual to make the world a better place? With global cooperation, healthy lifestyles and proactive healthcare, the society can be free from these maladies.