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WEST VIRGINIA STATE OF HEALTH

• West Virginia ranked 2nd highest nationally in the prevalence of general health of adults as either fair or poor.
• Over one-fourth of West Virginia adults (25.7%) considered their health to be either fair or poor.
• Fair/poor health was most common among groups of adults aged 65 and older, those with less than a high school education and those who have an annual household income of less than $15,000.
• Approximately 17.5% reported poor physical health for at least 14 days in the past 30 days and 15.0% reported poor mental health at least 14 days in the past 30 days.
• The prevalence of reporting poor mental health in the past 14 days was significantly higher in West Virginia (15.0%) than the national prevalence (11.5%).

Weight Status

• The prevalence of obesity in West Virginia was 35.1%, highest in the nation.
• Approximately two-thirds (68.8%) of West Virginia adults were either overweight or obese, 3rd highest in the U.S.
• Only 21.6% of all adults had been advised by a health care professional to lose weight.

Cancer

• Approximately 6.8% of West Virginia adults had skin cancer and 7.3% had some other type of cancer.
• About 1 in 8 West Virginia adults are cancer survivors (13.0%) which ranked West Virginia the 10th highest for overall cancer prevalence.
• Cancer prevalence was significantly higher among females than males.
• Over one-fourth of West Virginia seniors had cancer during their lifetime (30.4%).

Respiratory Diseases

• Approximately 13.6% of West Virginia adults have ever been diagnosed with asthma and 9.0% of West Virginia adults currently had asthma.
• Women had significantly higher prevalence of both lifetime and current asthma than men.
• The prevalence of both lifetime asthma and current asthma was highest among those without a high school diploma and those with an annual household income of less than $15,000.
• The prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD in West Virginia was 10.6%, the 2nd highest in the nation. The prevalence of COPD was highest among adults aged 65 and older, those without a high school diploma and those with an annual household income of less than $15,000.
Physical Activity
• Almost one-third of West Virginia adults (31.4%) participate in no leisure-time physical activity or exercise which ranked West Virginia 9th highest in the nation.
• More than half (52.8%) of West Virginians had less than the recommended 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week.
• Only 12.7% of West Virginians met both the aerobic and muscle strengthening physical activity guidelines, while nearly half (46.2%) did not meet either aerobic or muscle strengthening guidelines.

Nutrition

• Nine out of every 10 adults (90.2%) in West Virginia consume fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables daily which ranked West Virginia the 3rd highest in the nation.
• The highest prevalence of consuming fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables daily was found among those with less education and lower income.
• More than a third of West Virginia adults consume sugar-sweetened beverages daily (40.1%).
• The highest prevalence of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption was found among those 18-24 (60.2%).
• Nearly half of West Virginia adults (46.4%) are watching or reducing sodium or salt intake and approximately one-fourth have been advised by a health care professional to do so (24.7%).

Cardiovascular Disease

• West Virginia ranked the highest in the nation in the prevalence of heart attack among adults at 7.8%.
• West Virginia ranked second highest in the prevalence of angina or coronary heart disease among adults (7.5%).
• For the prevalence of stroke among adults, West Virginia ranked 7th highest nationally (3.9%).
• The overall cardiovascular disease prevalence was highest in the nation at 13.7%.
• The prevalence of cardiovascular disease was highest among those with less than a high school education (23.9%) and annual household income less than $15,000 (21.3%).
• Over one-fourth of adults in West Virginia had been advised by a health care provider to take aspirin to reduce the chance of heart attack or stroke (30.4%).

Arthritis

• More than 1 in 3 West Virginia adults had arthritis (36.2%) which ranked West Virginia highest in the nation.
• The prevalence of arthritis was significantly higher among women than men.
• Arthritis prevalence was highest among those with less than a high school education and those with an annual household income of less than $15,000.
• Over half of West Virginians with arthritis reported being limited due to arthritis (55.2%) which ranked West Virginia 6th highest in the nation.
• Over a third of West Virginians with arthritis reported that arthritis affected work (38.9%) which ranked West Virginia 12th highest in the nation.
• Approximately a quarter of West Virginians with arthritis reported that arthritis affected social activities (25.2%) which ranked West Virginia 8th highest in the nation.


Health Facts:

• Avoid plastic containers of all kinds if possible. Plastic containers have numbers on them look for the following numbers. If you have to use them. (Read the Bottom of the Container to find the number)
#3, #6, #7 most dangerous – Don’t use them
#4 and #5 – use sparingly
#1 and #2 least offensive – But STILL NOT GOOD

• Soda is not good for B.P. Four cans a day can cause a 44% increase in the incidence of high blood pressure.
• 51% of kids and adults are taking prescription drugs for a chronic condition.
• The USA has 4% of the world’s population, consumes 42% of the drugs in the world and ranks only 39th in health (New England Journal of Medicine)
• American spends more money on health care than any other nation and ranks 39th out of 193 nations in overall health.
• Body chemistry influences the mind.
• Use caution with what foods you eat. Food regulates your mood! This is especially true if you are anxious or depressed.
• (Good Cholesterol) HDL’s slow down Beta Amyloid plaques which interfere with nerve transmission and helps reduce Alzheimer Risk.
• 24% of men and 28% of women in the USA over 65 years of age take five prescription medications or more.
• For more information about getting off the medical treadmill contact Dr. Don D’Lusky at 304-367-1000.