However, that progress has not been enough to solve these health issues. Many Americans still suffer from these ailments:
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. Stroke is the third leading cause of death.
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death.
- Diabetes is still the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness in the adult population. 24 million Americans have diabetes, and 57 million adults have prediabetes.
- Arthritis is still the nations most common cause of disability and affects 20% of the adult population.
- Despite stagnant rates of obesity, 1 in 3 American adults is considered obese.
Furthermore, the CDC presented data that shows how 86% of the nation’s $2.7 trillion of annual health care expenditures go towards treating chronic and mental health conditions, a figure which can be reduced.