Friday, July 18, 2008

People Worried About Disease

When analyzed by numbers of deaths in the United States, these are the most important diseases:
*Heart disease
*Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD)
*Accidents(including motor vehicle accidents)
*pneumonia and influenza
*kidney disease
*chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

For many, worrying is not something one chooses to do; it just comes naturally. But worrying can be a positive thing. After all, it might actually be helpful if it gets us to change our behavior or in some other way helps us to reduce risk of illness, injury or premature death.
With so many options, we might as well focus on the most important health risks we face, especially those we can change. All that other worry about exceedingly rare diseases or events (especially those we cannot change) can make life less pleasant or even cause crippling anxiety. If you can channel that worry into constructive action, it may be much easier to accept the risks you face, and it may even lead to an improvement in your health.

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