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Mar 23

Quick Health Facts!

Posted on March 23, 2016 at 11:16 AM by Joanna Cortes

Below are 10 fast, interesting health facts:

A study suggests that a lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world.

Strong evidence shows that physical inactivity increases the risk of many adverse health conditions.

Lee I-M, Shiroma EJ, Lobelo F, Puska P, Blair SN, Katzmarzyk PT.  Effect of physical inactivity major non-communicable diseases worldwide: An analysis of burden of disease and life expectancy.  Lancet 2012;380:219-29.


Over 30% of cancer could smokebe prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, having a healthy diet and physical activity.

At least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer.

Anand P, Kunnumakara AB, Sundaram C, et al. Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes. Pharmaceutical Research. 2008;25(9):2097-2116. doi:10.1007/s11095-008-9661-9


1 can of soda per day increases sodayour chances of getting type 2 diabetes by 22%.

Soda and other artificially- and sugar-sweetened beverages may contribute to diabetes due to their effect on body weight and blood glucose.

Romaguera D, et al "Consumption of sweet beverages and type 2 diabetes incidence in European adults: results from EPIC-InterAct" Diabetologia 2013; DOI: 10.1007/s00125-013-2899-8.


Worldwide, there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning than there are lung cancer cases due to smoking. 
In the
US alone, 419,254 cases of skin cancer can be attributed to indoor tanning. Out of this number, 6,199 are melanoma cases.

Wehner MR, Chren M, Nameth D, et al. International Prevalence of Indoor Tanning: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(4):390-400. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.6896.


In Colorado, 35.7% of adults reported consuming fruit less than one time daily.

And 19.1% of adults reported consuming vegetables less than one time daily.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
Colorado State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profilefruit

Heavy marijuana smokers are at risk for some of the same health effects as cigarette smokers, like bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses.

Smoking marijuana clearly damages the human lung, and regular use leads to chronic bronchitis and can cause an immune-compromised person to be more susceptible to lung infections

Moore BA, Augustson EM, Moser RP, Budney AJ. Respiratory Effects of Marijuana and Tobacco Use in a U.S. Sample. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2005;20(1):33-37. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2004.40081.x.

It was reported that in Montrose County, 65.6% of adults aged 18 years get 30 minutes of moderate activity per day on 5 days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity per day on 3 days a week. walk-842535_640

This is slightly higher than the state percentage – Colorado as a whole came in at 61.1%.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, State Health Indicators, Health Behaviors and Conditions - Physical Activity

support60% of people needing mental health services in the U.S. don't get it, often because of the stigma of seeking help.

On average, people with mental illness wait nearly a decade to get treatment after symptoms first appear, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-46, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4795. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013

1 out of every 4 dollars employers pay for healthcare in the U.S. is tied to unhealthy lifestyle choices or conditions like smoking, stress, or costs

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the University of Michigan looked at 10 modifiable health risks in roughly 223,500 people across seven industries. Modifiable risks are conditions or behaviors that employees can improve or eliminate by making healthier choices. Obesity was most prevalent and cost employers the most money, followed by stress and use of mood-altering drugs. Other risks included seatbelt use, exercise, tobacco and alcohol use, blood pressure and cholesterol.

O’Donnell, M.P., Schultz, A.B., & Yen, L. (2015). The portion of health care costs associated with lifestyle-related modifiable health risks based on a sample of 223,461 employees in seven industries: The UM-HMRC study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(12), 1284-1290.


Lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain.
Most studies that measure adults’ sleep habits at one point in time (cross-sectional studies) have found a link between short sleep duration and obesity.

Patel SR, Hu FB. Short sleep duration and weight gain: a systematic review. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008; 16:643-53.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Obesity Prevention Source: Sleep


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