Death Stalks Southeastern United States

deathAccording to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it seems that death stalks those people who live in the Southeastern United States. They seem to have a higher risk of dying earlier than those who live in other parts of the country. North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama have a 28 to 33 percent higher risk of strokes, cancer, unintended injuries, heart disease and chronic lower respiratory diseases. These top five reasons for dying made up almost two-thirds of fatalities in 2010, causing approximately 900,000 early endings in the U.S.

Because the death rate reasons vary, the CDC has compared all states with the states that have the lowest rate of deaths to estimate how many of deaths could be prevented if the low percentages were compared as a countrywide proclivity. The numbers add up and show that the Southeastern United States really seems to be stalked by death. With 39 percent of untimely deaths arising from both chronic lower respiratory disease and unintentional injury, 21 percent from cancer, 33 percent from strokes and 34 percent of inopportune deaths, that is just over a quarter of a million lives that could be preserved.

It is thought that the contributing factors of these numbers that make it feel like death stalks the southeastern United States are: less blood pressure control, higher instances of smoking, low physical activity, and greater numbers of people being overweight and smoking. The rates are so bad in this area of the country that some people have begun calling it the “Stroke Belt”. The CDC is advising people that lifestyle changes could play a major factor in preventing some of these early passings. They also admit that the health of many Americans is not determined by their genetic code, rather their zip code.

For instance, heart disease could be downsized by maintaining a healthy diet, scaling back the amount of cigarettes a smoker may use and staying physically active. They also state that these actions could be used to prevent cancer, while reminding the public to monitor their alcohol use, use sunscreen and to keep an eye out for some infections that are known to be cancer causing, like the human papillomavirus. Thwarting major accidents can be as simple as wearing a seatbelt when in a vehicle, wearing a motorcycle helmet when on a motorbike, and implementing safe conditions both at work and at home.

Many of the hazards described are avoidable simply by making a shift in one’s life. Some of the dangers are due to discrepancies in economic, social, environmental and demographic instances. Most of the concerns are manageable. It would not look like death literally stalks the southeastern United States if the level of care people took of themselves was better addressed. If health differences disappeared, every state would reach the bottom level of the potential risk of dying. The CDC thinks that this announcement will give each state a big helping hand in abolishing “early-on” casualties. They also warn that although someone may not die of an averted demise, the fact remains that not all deaths are escapable and that accidents may occur that people have no control over.

By Korrey Laderoute

Science Recorder

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