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Heart disease increased along with obesity rates, according to study

Posted On Tue, February 2, 2010

Heart disease is finding its way back into the national spotlight as American Heart Month gets underway. According to a new report, heart problems continued to pose a significant threat to Americans in 2010.

According to a new study released by the University of Liverpool that was published in the World Health Organization's latest weekly journal, heart disease may kill nearly 400,000 Americans in 2010, Reuters reported.

The reason given for the alarming number of deaths connected to the disease, which had been declining in recent years as smoking rates continually declined, was an increase in how common obesity was becoming worldwide. With nearly 1.5 billion adults expected to be overweight worldwide by 2015, the report also noted that two-thirds of American adults currently qualified as obese, drastically increasing their chances of heart disease.

The report also found that eating healthier food and quitting smoking along with regular exercise could have a substantial effect on the risk of death, potentially saving almost 200,000 lives, Reuters reported.

With the report's warning that the risk of heart disease may be increasing, the last position one would want to be stuck in is with a diagnosis of a potentially deadly disease with either no health insurance coverage or a provider that will not cover their costs. Rather than waiting until it may be too late, going online to either review their health insurance plan or apply for one may be a lifesaving decision down the road.
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