The top 5 Health Concerns of 2018

Each year health experts from around the globe assess the health risks to watch out for during the next twelve months. For the most part, the health challenges that we will face in 2018 are persistent issues that will continue to pose a risk for our health, but there are also some new ones that will likely require our attention in the future.

Here are the top five health concerns that you need to pay attention to in 2018.

Obesity Related Diseases

Obesity remains one of the major causes of many diseases and is likely to continue to be a cause for concern in 2018 as well.

A particularly concerning news is that studies have shown that obesity among children has increased ten times during the past four decades.

Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and the lack of exercise both among children and adults all contribute to a worrying increase in obesity worldwide.  

The list of obesity-related diseases and health issue is truly long and terrifying, from high blood pressure to diabetes and to osteoporosis and even certain types of cancers.

Tip: A healthy diet and plenty of exercises is the best possible prevention against obesity and the diseases it causes.

Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

According to a report released in February this year, average life expectancy in the United States has decreased due to the combination of factors, including drug and substance use. Drug and alcohol abuse also remains a persistent problem among the teenage and adolescent population, despite the recent studies which show that the use of illicit drugs among teens has decreased.

Tip: Addiction can ruin your life or the lives of the people you care about. The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, Colorado offers a wide range of options for people seeking addiction treatment.

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the single biggest cause of death worldwide. According to statistical data, cardiovascular disease caused almost 850,000 death in the U.S. alone accounting for 1 of 3 deaths in the country.

The statistics are grim, but when it comes to cardiovascular disease, prevention is the key. By changing your lifestyle and habits, you can reduce a risk of heart-related disease.


Despite the serious efforts of governments worldwide, smoking still ranks as one of the top health concerns in the world today.

Smoking can cause a number of life-threatening diseases, most notably lung cancer.

Moreover, people who have been exposed to secondhand smoke are exposed to a serious risk of developing the same smoking-related diseases as active smokers.

Tip: The only effective way to protect yourself from the effects of smoking is a smoke-free environment.   

Unhealthy Diet

Our eating habits affect our overall health as well as the risk of developing a certain type of disease. A diet rich in saturated and trans fats can cause a myriad of health issues like hypertension, cholesterol, and obesity which can then lead to heart disease and diabetes, among others.

In conclusion, it’s very important to maintain a healthy diet and limit the intake of saturated and trans fat, as well as avoid fast food. Doing so can help you live a healthier and longer life. Smoking, drinking, and eating high processed foods can take a toll on your mind and body, costing you precious moments with family and friends. In 2018, more than ever, make sure to make healthy decisions and take care of you.

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Neha Kava is a National Certified Registered Dietitian in India. She likes to share her knowledge about daily health, nutritition and diet tips. You can contact her on [email protected]

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