Florida Ranks 34th in America’s Health Rankings 2012
Florida remains ranked at 34th place for overall health according to the recently released America’s Health Rankings 2012 report. This annual assessment of health conditions in our 50 states assesses several conditions and lifestyle choices that can lead to chronic illness or disabling conditions.
Of the 50 states, Florida ranked 38th for diabetes risk, 16th for smoking risk, and 19th for obesity risk with a 34th place ranking for overall health. Some of the factors taken into consideration included:
- drug and alcohol use;
- sedentary lifestyle measurements;
- disease rates;
- birth and death rates;
- violent crime;
- air pollution;
- health insurance;
- public health services and funding; and
Disabling Conditions: Florida’s Diabetes Ranking
Florida ranked 38th in risk of diabetes, which is one of the disabling conditions that may lead to other illnesses and health risks. Some patients with diabetes may qualify for long-term disability benefits due to the related health conditions such as poor circulation and compromised immune systems.
According to the data, about 10 percent of the adults surveyed in Florida acknowledged having been diagnosed with diabetes. The number of adults who answered yes to this question has roughly doubled since the survey began tracking diabetes rates in 1996.
Patients diagnosed with diabetes may be more prone to developing disabling conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, blindness, and lower-limb amputations.
Disabling Conditions: Florida’s Obesity Ranking
Floridaranked 19th in rates of obesity, which can play a major role in the risk of developing several disabling conditions. The data reviewed the Body Mass Index (BMI) of participants surveyed in the study and ranked any BMI results over 30 as obese.
Floridahas seen a steady increase in obesity rates since the rankings on this disabling condition began in 1990. In 2012 it was reported that approximately 26 percent of the population was considered obese inFlorida.
Obesity is a growing concern for many Americans as the sedentary lifestyle becomes more prevalent. The CDC ranks obesity as one of the greatest health threats to the U.S. and lists it as a contributing factor to disabling conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers.
Reducing the Impact of Disabling Conditions
Proper health care is important to decrease your risk of developing disabling conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. While many of these conditions do not have guaranteed preventative measures or cures, there are still health and lifestyle choices that may reduce risk and/or decrease the conditions’ impact on your life.
The CDC promotes healthy eating habits, regular exercise, avoidance of tobacco and alcohol, and regular health screenings as ways Floridians can help reduce their risk of certain disabling conditions.
If you suffer from a disabling condition and are unable to work, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits. A Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group can assist in the disability benefit application process. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.