5 Health Conditions That Many People Fear

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Many people fear getting ill and contracting serious health conditions, with the prevalence of health anxiety around the globe increasing year on year. Then, here are some of the top health conditions that people are often worried about and what you can do to cope with a frightening health condition if you are diagnosed with one. 

  • Dysphagia 

Dysphagia, or swallowing problems, can be caused by a number of different health issues, such as throat or mouth cancer and dementia, and can be incredibly scary for both the person with the health condition and those around them, especially since food and eating is such a central part of daily life and survival. However, there are several aids that you can use to help you to cope with this, such as food thickeners. To find out more about these and how to cope with the condition, you should visit Simply Holahan, a blog about swallowing disorders that can help you feel less alone. 

  • Cancer

There is a reason why cancer is often referred to as ‘the big C,’ and yet 1 in 2 people will have to hear a cancer diagnosis during their lives. Whether people are worried about the harsh treatment options, such as chemotherapy, or the vast array of debilitating symptoms, many people avoid talking about cancer and even stop talking to people that have a cancer diagnosis. However, there are many charities that can help you cope with a cancer diagnosis and an array of newly developed treatment options, and many books that can help you break down the facts about the illness. Understanding an illness forms part of the process of dealing with a diagnosis.

  • Heart Disease

Heart disease can be scary as it is the leading cause of death for both men and women in many countries around the world, including the USA. However, although many people start to live in fear as soon as they are diagnosed, it is possible to live well by managing your anxiety, having a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight, talking with a medical professional, quitting habits like smoking, and taking each day in your stride. 

  • Diabetes

Around 10% of the population of the United States have diabetes, and the fact that type 2 diabetes develops later in life makes this an extreme worry for some. However, you can protect yourself from contracting diabetes as you get older by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, checking your portion sizes, and avoiding occupations that could lead to an overly sedentary lifestyle. 

  • Eyesight or Hearing Problems

Losing one or more senses is top on many people’s lists of health issues that they want to avoid, especially in terms of their eyesight and hearing. Many people fear a lack of independence. However, not only can people lead normal lives with eyesight and hearing problems with aids such as braille and the use of technology, but these issues can also be prevented by looking after your senses.

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