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World leaders fight to reduce premature deaths

Premature deaths due to poor lifestyle choices, it’s a problem facing every country across the globe. Now world health leaders have decided to attack the problem head on by setting goals to help individuals make better choices and potentially reduce the number of premature deaths by 25% by 2025. That would save 37 million lives over 15 years.


How do experts hope to reduce premature deaths?


 

As expected, medical experts note there are some common activities many of us continue to do which are limiting our life expectancy and leading to premature deaths. Some of the most common actions which can be taken to reduce premature deaths are listed below:

1. Reduce Smoking

Although the numbers of smokers has declined rapidly in higher income nations due to smoking bans, higher taxes and higher costs of purchasing cigarettes, other countries have not seen as much success. According to a recent report by CNN, “The UN General Assembly set a target of cutting smoking around the world by 30% by 2025.”

2. Decrease the amount of alcohol consumed

The next step world leaders have discussed to eliminate premature deaths is to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed. The first step is to educate individuals about the health risks of consuming too much alcohol which can include an increased risk for high blood pressure, cancer and liver disease. Experts argue alcohol consumption could be reduced if leaders adopted the same strategies used to reduce cigarette smoking such as higher taxes.

3. Lowering blood pressure

The third step to eliminate premature deaths is to lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure can be a result of high sodium intake, lack of exercise and obesity. Individuals who are able to modify their diet and exercise more can eliminate their risk of high blood pressure. Medical experts continue to tout the need for monitoring blood pressure through regular screenings.

4. Lower obesity rates

Public officials have been concerned about the rise in obesity rates for many years. Obesity has increased due to lack of exercise, increased consumption of processed and high calorie foods and increased portion sizes. Diabetes costs the United States millions of dollars each year and contributes to chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Public campaigns to reduce obesity rates have been moderately successful and have included modifying school lunches by providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, increased focus on activities for kids, improving cities to provide bike lanes and walking trails, and educating the public about the dangers of obesity. Studies show that lifestyle changes incorporating healthy diets low in sugar and physical activity are effective for fighting obesity.

Social Security Disability Insurance for obesity


 

So what if you are obese and are not able to work? SSDI is not offered specifically for obesity alone. Given the current obesity rates, many obese individuals are able to be quite productive despite their weight. If, however, you have severe health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, the SSA may consider you disabled.
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