What Are the Most Common Health Problems? Is diabetes a global health issue?

Common Health Problems

If you need to answer the question of, what are the most common health problems, the question needs more information. For example, asking what are the most common health problems amongst a particular group of people such as people between the ages of 18 – 40 who live in the United States. As well, being more specific on how “common” is being defined would be helpful in trying to answer this question. 

Discussing common health problems in the United States is a slightly easier task and many of the problems that are common health problems in the United States are also common in many other parts of the world. The following is not a comprehensive list of all of the more common health problems in the U.S. nor does it provide detailed explanations of the health issues but is a general overview of common health problems.

Physical Activity

Staying physically active can help to prevent or delay some diseases such as some cancers, heart disease and diabetes. It can also help to relieve depression or parts of it. Even for people who do not identify as suffering from depression, regular exercise has been shown to help regulate moods and things such as endorphins help to elevate peoples’ moods.

Obesity and Overweight

Being obese and even just being overweight increases a person’s chances for coronary heart disease, gallbladder disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and some kinds of cancers. 


Many people in the world are food deprived on a regular basis and many people in the world do not get adequate nutrition on a regular basis. On the other side of this is that there are many people in the world that have plenty to eat but do not have good diets with nutrient rich foods. Processed foods, and foods containing high levels of refined sugars, sodium and certain kinds of fats are not typically rich in nutrients. 

Tobacco Use and Dependency

Diseases and premature deaths from tobacco use are preventable but people continue to die from tobacco related illnesses. Tobacco use is more and more commonly being referred to as tobacco dependence disease even if a person does not have a tobacco related illness or disease.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse includes both legally prescribed or over the counter medications and illegal drugs. The term typically includes alcohol but alcohol abuse is often put in its own category. Many people consider the United States to be going through a crisis with the high and increasing rates of prescription opioid addiction, as it affects many different socio-economic and cultural groups. 

Mental Health

More and more people, including teens and children, are being diagnosed with and treated for a wide variety of mental health issues and illnesses. 

The above are just a few of the common health problems in the United States.

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