For the first time in the 50 years that the AHA has released an annual snapshot of heart disease and stroke statistics in the U.S., the new report now adds a global view.
Health data compiled from more than 190 countries show heart disease remains the No. 1 global cause of death with 17.3 million deaths each year, according to “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2015 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association.” That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030, the report found.
Stroke remains the No. 2 cause of death in the world. The stroke death rate — the number of deaths per 100,000 people — went down between 1990 and 2010. However, the number of people having first and recurrent strokes each year went up, reaching 33 million in 2010. Read more
Embracing the mind-body connection by approaching our body as a system as opposed to a machine will lead to better health and well-being, according to Deepak Chopra, MD, and founder of the Chopra Foundation. A person’s habits, attitudes, beliefs, and behavior are the key to well-being, since messages from the brain affect the whole body, he wrote in a column for LinkedIn.
Becoming happier and more fulfilled may be just as important in achieving good health as exercising, eating right, and avoiding toxins.
You won’t hear this in a traditional doctor’s office, but what your body needs is better input – input that goes beyond exercise, healthy eating and avoiding toxins. He says the following constitute better input:
- Whatever makes you happier.
- Being more relaxed and accepting.
- Strong self-esteem, a sense of worth.
- Being of service to others, giving.
- Showing generosity of spirit.
- Loving, nurturing relationships.
- Any activity that makes you feel light in mind and body.
- Taking time to play, and having a playful attitude.
- Not stressing out other people.
- Devoting yourself to projects that have real meaning and purpose.
- Being self-aware.
- Expanding our awareness. Growing and maturing from the inside.
- Being comfortable with your inner world.
- Working through negative emotions like anger, envy, and fear.
- Reverence for Nature.
- Faith and a belief in a higher power, whatever that may be.
Here is Deepak Chopra’s article in its entirety as posted on LinkedIn:
A Better Way to Think About Your Body
We desperately need a new model of the human body. Compliance with the standard model of prevention (moderate exercise, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, a Mediterranean diet, and stress management) remains fitful and haphazard. Why? It’s not for lack of information but lack of motivation. A positive lifestyle requires that you comply day in and day out for decades if you want to receive the full benefit, which arrives fairly late in life. We pay for early mistakes by a decline that generally doesn’t show overt symptoms until around late middle age. It’s hard to deprive yourself today in order to reward yourself twenty or thirty years from now. Read more