Completely Healthy People are a Tiny Minority Worldwide

Senior Care in Monmouth Junction NJ

The need for quality senior care is as important as ever. In-home care professionals, who provide senior care and elder care, do their best to help seniors stay healthy, while they “age in place” in Senior Care in Monmouth Junction NJtheir own homes. It is not an easy job. The hours are long. The pay is modest. Nevertheless, professional caregivers providing home care for the elderly do so because of a strong interest in helping people.

Completely healthy people are the tiniest portion of all people worldwide. Science Daily reports on a major research study called the “Global Burden of Disease (GBD),” recently published in the medical journal, The Lancet. The GBD study found that less than 5% of the worldwide population is in perfect health. That is only one person out of every twenty.

A huge amount of over 95% of the global population had health problems during 2013, with a third of all people in the world (2.3 billion) having five or more ailments during 2013. Moreover, the GBD study notes that as the world’s population continues to skew more towards older adults, the expectation is that the number of people with less than perfect health will increase.

The GBD study was a major undertaking, which looked at over two decades of global information about illnesses and disability worldwide during the period from 1990 to 2013.

The GBD study found these top twenty-five factors contributed to the loss of perfect health:

  1. Low back pain was the number one cause of ill health.
  2. Chronic severe depression was the second largest.
  3. Anemia caused by iron deficiency
  4. Neck Pain
  5. Hearing Loss
  6. Migraine
  7. Diabetes
  8. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  9. Anxiety
  10. Other Musculoskeletal Problems
  11. Schizophrenia
  12. Slips and Falls
  13. Osteoarthritis
  14. Alteration of Refraction (eyesight problems)
  15. Asthma
  16. Dysthymia (also known as having a chronic depressed mood)
  17. Bipolar Disorder
  18. Medication Over-Use or Wrong-Use
  19. Mental Problems and Substance Abuse
  20. Dermatitis
  21. Alzheimer’s
  22. Alcohol abuse
  23. Epilepsy
  24. Edentulism (loss of all teeth)
  25. Diarrhea

Everybody needs to take care of his or her health, get regular checkups, follow healthy practices, and get help with in-home care as needed.

Decreased Mortality Rates Increases People Living With Illnesses
Science Daily reported on another study, which showed worldwide decreases in mortality rates as a positive trend happening in most countries, yet simultaneously there is an increase in non-fatal illnesses and other negative effects on good health. Two things significantly increasing are people with diabetes and the elderly suffering from hearing loss.

Additionally, the study found that just a small number of diseases have a gigantic impact. Upper respiratory infections (almost 19 billion) and diarrhea (almost 3 billion) affected 10% of the world’s population accounting for over 20 billion illnesses.

The world’s population is getting larger. The portion of the elderly in the population is increasing as a percentage of the total. People all over the world are living longer. Many now live with illness and disability for longer periods than before.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care services in Monmouth, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.

Over 95% of the world’s population has health problems, with over a third having more than five ailments

Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013

As death rates drop, nonfatal diseases and injuries take a bigger toll on health globally

Teresa Sajkowski RN BSN CHPN

Teresa Sajkowski RN BSN CHPN

Owner of Always Responsive Home Care

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