About Our Health

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
– Hippocrates (Ancient Greek Father of Medicine)

It has been scientifically and medically proven that an improper and unhealthy diet is the main cause of several chronic diseases due to improper food preparation. The global percentage of people affected by health problems due to improper nutrition is listed below (Source: Food and Agricultural Organization).

Obesity: 60%
Diabetes: 15%
High Blood Pressure: 75%
Cardiovascular Disease: 40%
Cancer: 62%

Obesity (Source: World Health Organization): 

Obesity is defined as an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair an individual’s health. Obesity is caused by either an increase in physical inactivity or an increase intake of fat, sugar, and or salt consumption. The body mass index system (BMI) is commonly used to classify overweight and obese adults. Common health consequences of obesity include cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

Interesting Facts:

– Obesity has nearly doubled since 1980 worldwide.
– In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight while 200 million men and nearly 3o0 million women of those 1.4 billion were obese.
– In 2011, more than 40 million children under the age of five were overweight.
– A BMI greater than or equal to 25 is classified as being overweight while a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is considered to be obesity.

Diabetes (Source: World Health Organization):

Diabetes is a chronic disease defined as when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use such insulin to properly regulate blood sugar. Having an unhealthy and improper diet by consuming large quantities of sugar may lead to diabetes. Common health consequences derived from diabetes is an increase in the risk of heart disease and stroke (50% of  individuals with diabetes die with cardiovascular disease). Diabetes may also lead to kidney failure, blindness, and damage to the nerves (neuropathy) in the feet to the point of infection and the need for limb amputation.

Interesting Facts:

– 347 million people have diabetes worldwide.
– In 2004, an estimated 3.4 million people died from consequences of high blood sugar.
– Diabetes is projected to be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.

Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (Source: Mayo Clinic):

Hypertension is a condition when the force of blood against artery walls is increased to the point of causing health problems, especially heart disease. Blood pressure is the relationship between the rate at which the heart pumps blood with the resistance to blood flow in the arteries. The more blood pumped by the heart through narrow arteries, the higher the blood pressure will be.

One risk factor of hypertension includes having an unbalanced diet characterized by a high salt intake with little potassium and vitamin D consumption. Health consequences resulting from hypertension include an increase in heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, blindness, and dementia while developing metabolic syndrome and an aneurysm.

Cardiovascular Diseases (Source: World Health Organization):

CVDs are classified as a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels that include coronary heart disease (blood vessels supplying the heart), cerebrovascular disease (blood vessels supplying the brain), peripheral arterial disease (blood vessels supplying the arms and legs), and rheumatic heart disease (damage to heart valves). One of the major risk factors for CVDs is an unhealthy diet that raises blood pressure, glucose levels (sugar), and lipid levels (fat) which eventually leads to obesity. Common health consequences of CVDs are heart attacks, stroke, and heart failure.

Interesting Facts:

– CVDs are the number one cause of death globally.
– In 2008, 17.3 million people died from CVDs from mostly coronary heart disease (7.3 million) and stroke (6.2 million).
– CVDs are projected to increase to 23.3 million deaths by 2030.

Cancer (Source: World Health Organization):

Cancer is a generic term to describe the rapid growth of abnormal cells beyond their usual limit in any part of the body. In 2008, lung cancer attributed to 1.37 million deaths, stomach cancer to 736,00 deaths, liver cancer to 695,00 deaths, colorectal cancer to 608,000 deaths, breast to 458,000 deaths, and cervical cancer to 275,000 deaths. Cancer is caused by physical, chemical, and biological carcinogens. An unhealthy diet is a major risk factors of cancer due to obesity and a lack of proper nutrition. The most notable health consequence of cancer is death.

Interesting Facts:

– In 2008, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide accounting for 7.6 million deaths.
– About 30% of cancer deaths are due to the five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
– Deaths from cancer are projected to rise  to 13.1 million by 2030.




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