For the longest time,
Americans have ranted about the exclusionary nature of private healthcare.
Millions of patients struggle because they are unable to get access to
affordable healthcare. America has continued to ignore some health risks even
though they are affecting the population. Doctors agree that one illness may
cause another. For example, a migraine may result in a stroke or heart attack,
while high blood pressure may lead to diabetes. This is the case because one
illness may cause damages that may welcome another condition. And this is
happening because of ignorance.

Here are the top ignored health risks in
America:
Obesity
Americans have recorded higher rates of
diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension than any other groups.  Sadly, most Americans believe that obesity results from individual decisions rather than societal factors. This thought has
slowed the progress in stopping this menace that is mostly caused by our food,
school, and work schedules, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Mental problems
Almost one in two people in the United States
will suffer from anxiety disorder, depression, or other mental health condition
at some point in life. In addition, almost one in 17 Americans suffer from
severe mental illness with young people being prone to this problem.
Despite the findings, Millions of Americans do
not receive proper care. Even though the federal and state governments have
taken steps to change the situation, the progress has been slow and has been
undermined by legal wrangles and budget cuts.
According to the National Alliance on Mental
Illness (NAMI), untreated mental illnesses cost more than $100 billion a year
in the U.S.
Dental problems
There are no reasonable low-cost options for
dental treatments. Getting dental treatment for Medicaid recipients is even
harder as was witnessed in 2007 when a 12-year-old died after bacteria from a
dental abscess reached his brain.
The boy’s mother had tried to seek affordable dental care
but was not successful until she sought help from a lawyer. Often, dentists
have cited low fees for their reluctance in helping Medicaid patients.
Smoking
Around 40 million people in America are
consistent smokers, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). Worse, more than 3200 under age light up their first cigarette every
day. It does not end there; the research also suggests that 2,100 youth who
smoke occasionally become daily smokers daily. In America alone, tobacco
companies sell almost 300 billion cigarettes every year.  Even though America has raised public
awareness, smoking is still a huge problem that needs to be addressed.
Exposure to UV rays
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation has been
identified as the primary cause of skin cancer. In addition, extreme UV can
increase the risk of eye diseases like a cataract.  However, regardless of these findings, many citizens fail to
take note. A 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey found
that 65.6% of white adults aged between 18-29 reported having experienced a
sunburn in the last year. The result was an indication that sun protection
measures were being overlooked.
Conclusion

These health risks have been ignored even though
they can result in severe medical conditions. While the government is required
to play a primary role in increasing awareness, citizens must also play their
part.
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