CDC: 5 things cause two-thirds of U.S. deaths

CDC: 5 things cause two-thirds of U.S. deaths (Link to article on CNN.)

Not really a surprise to anyone in dietetics, but since this is the first report from the CDC about preventable deaths, I figured I’d link to it.

The top 5?

  1. heart disease
  2. cancer
  3. lung disease
  4. stroke
  5. unintentional injuries

Having good nutritional status can help reduce your risk of all five.  It’s not a surprise when it comes to heart disease (the Am. Heart Assoc. has a really good page on nutrition and heart disease), cancer (here’s a link to the Am. Cancer Society’s page on nutrition and cancer prevention), lung disease (check out the Am. Lung Assoc.’s thoughts on that) and stroke (have a link to the National Stroke Assoc. thoughts on stroke prevention).

So what about unintentional injuries?  Lifestyle changes are the best way to reduce your risk of dying from unintentional injuries (things like wearing your seat belt, checking your smoke alarms, driving smart, etc), but nutrition can play a role, too.  If you have good nutritional status before an accident, your recovery time is going to be shortened.  For example, if you eat right and do weight bearing exercises so you have strong bones, you’re much less likely to break a bone if you fall.  You’ll very likely still have bruise,  but better a bruise than a broken bone.  If you have poor nutritional status before an injury, your recovery can be compromised and you might find yourself with slow wound healing and a longer hospital stay.

Paired with physical activity and good lifestyle habits (seeing your doctor on a regular basis, not smoking, de-stressing, etc), having good nutritional habits can help cut your risk of dying of the top five preventable deaths in the United States.

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