Disease Trends and the Delivery of Healthcare Services

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Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
HCA 240

Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
The 2010 Census Bureau revealed that the United States population was 308.7 million as of 1, in April 2010, a rise, of 9.7% in the population since the year 2000. There was also a 9.9% increase on males now over 151.8 million in the population, as compared to females which is about 9.5% or 157 million. Out of the 308.7 million, 112.8 of them are between the ages of 18 and under, 81.5 are the ages of 45-64 and 40.3 are 65 years of age or older. (Howden, Meyer)

A study that was conducted by UOP entitled as trends in aging – united States and worldwide, it was revealed in 2030,the population will increase for people over the ages of 65 by 19.6% or 71 million, and those the ages of 80 and above by 19.5 million. This means that the healthcare cost will increase and just as many will be demanding for it.

A person with proper diet and exercise affects the trend in aging more than the genetics do. Those who die sooner than the others of the same age bracket are people that are not into physical activities, and healthy eating. Practicing a proper diet and exercise reduces the probability of suffering from health problems such as stroke, or having a heart attack; hypertension causes the arteries to thicken and harden and in turn slows down the flow of blood needed by the organs in the body, diabetes, and high cholesterol causes the blockage of the blood vessels known as atherosclerosis. All of this can be prevented by avoiding foods that are high in cholesterol, sodium and fat are two main causes of heart disease. Not smoking cigarettes will also be of great improvement, chemicals that are in cigarettes damages the heart functions. (CDC 2011) Strokes occur when the oxygen and blood supply does not reach the brain tissue resulting to the death of brain cells. Medical attention is needed immediately once a person has a stroke to prevent the...