The Most Common Health Issues the Average American Will Face in Their Lifetime

You’re going to have to die of something eventually. Debilitating diseases don’t have to be your downfall, though. If you live in the U.S., you’ll likely experience one or more of these health issues firsthand. Here’s what you have to look forward to — and what you might be able to do to prevent illness and live a longer, healthier life.


At the beginning of 2017, experts estimated that new cancer diagnoses would near 2 million in the U.S. According to the National Cancer Institute, risk factors for the development of many types of cancer include alcohol overuse, age, chronic inflammation, obesity, poor diet, and more. There is no miracle food that can cure cancer or stop it from happening. However, living an active lifestyle, eating a balanced diet, and monitoring your alcohol consumption are all things you can start doing today to decrease your risk.

Blood poisoning

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, may affect over a million Americans annually, says the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Cases are on the rise, probably because people with chronic diseases are living longer than they used to — conditions where sepsis is more common. Antibiotic resistance could also be to blame, since fewer bacterial infections are treatable. Officials are working on ways to help you avoid this potentially fatal condition.

Alzheimer’s disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this condition is the 6th leading cause of death in America. By 2050, over 16 million older adults could be living with the disease. Is it preventable? The National Institute on Aging says regular exercise — both physical and mental — might be able to delay onset or decrease your risk altogether. Drinking less alcohol and sleeping more might also help.

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