Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services Essay

1814 Words May 31st, 2013 8 Pages
Final Project
Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
Melinda Schimmel
HCA/240
4/14/2013
Pukar Ratti

Aging The aging population is also known as demographic aging and is described as the shift in age distribution. The current population trend in the United Sates is the working age group comprised of people ranging from ages 20-65 years old. Over the next forty years, the population is expected to be made up mostly of the retired age or people over the age of 65 and the rapid growth of the older population will elevate the number members to about 88.5 million people by the year 2050. Because of the increasing diversity of this country, the future older population is going to include a large number of racial and
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Diabetes is a growing illness among many age groups today. There are many risk factors that contribute to diabetes. Unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical activity or exercise are all contributing factors to diabetes. Childhood diabetes has been on a steady rise due to obesity issues. If early prevention is not started and life changes are not made, the increase in the older population with diabetes will steadily rise as well. Reducing the probability of health issues can be done by making lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, exercising or some means of physical activity, regular check-ups with a physician, reducing the use of tobacco and alcohol and overall effort. Even though health care costs keep rising and not all people have health care coverage, there are agencies and programs that can help with medical needs, pre-screening exams and medications.
Obesity/Environmental Factors The current rate of obesity in the United States is at 35.7% which is one third of our population and is expected to increase to over half (50%) by 2030. So many individuals who are obese really do not even know that they are. They tend to be so set in their lifestyle, being overweight just becomes part of the norm. Many factors come in to play with obesity. The environment we are in is the greatest factor of all. Our very busy lives would be a major contributor to this theory. With all that is going on in peoples’ lives, there is very little time for good,
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