Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services

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Disease trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
Dana Riddle
HCA/240
April 20, 2013
Brian Eigelbach
University of Phoenix

Disease trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services The current age composition of the United States population according to the 2010 Census was 308.7 million people on April 1, 2010. There is an increase of 9.7 % since 2000. The data shows that the male population grew 9.9%, which is more rapidly than the female population, which was 9.5%. Out of 308.7 million people, 151.8 were male and 157 million were female. People under the age of 18 were 112.8; people of age 45-64 were 81.5 million. The 40.3 million people of the 308.7 were age 65 and over (Howden, Meyer, 2011). According to University of Phoenix
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Smoking slows down digestion, raises blood pressure and decreases blood flow to the body. Smoking causes wrinkles and gives it a gray pale look because it damages the skin. Smoking not only speed up your aging process, but it can also shorten your life span by 10 years (Cashin, 2010). According to "Overweight and Obesity" (2011), "The current rate of obesity in the United States is 33.8% which equals to about one out of three Americans. Some groups like non- Hispanic blacks have 44.1% obesity. Mexican Americans have a 39.3% obesity. All Hispanics have 37.9% obesity. Non-Hispanic white has 32.6% and is the lowest of the groups." Environmental factors that can change the obesity rate over the next 10 to 20 years are, fats, carbohydrates, proteins and more consumption of excess caloric intake from sugars. Steps that can be taken to reduce obesity are, spend less time on the couch watching TV, eating less fatty snacks, and increase physical activity. We can ask the food industry to serve more fruits and vegetables and smaller food or beverage portions in their menus. As parents, we can limit our children to sweets, introduce them to vegetables and spend more time with them on outdoor activities, set limits on how much time they watch TV, play on computers, or play with toys. (Overweight & Obesity, 2011). Obesity is likely to increase health issues within the next 10 to 20 years because it causes, type 2 diabetes and

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