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The Czech Republic is One of the Top 5 Unhealthiest Countries (But it Doesn't Have to Be)

The Czech Republic is One of the Top 5 Unhealthiest Countries (But it Doesn't Have to Be)

Last year, the Czech Republic was named the most unhealthy nation in the world on the basis of alcohol and tobacco consumption and obesity. According to the World Health Organization, the Czech Republic consumes 13.7 liters of pure alcohol per person every year. The Czech people also rank highly for number of cigarettes smoked per person, per year and have one of the highest levels of obesity in Europe.

 

These scary statistics have a much deeper meaning that just how much alcohol is consumed or how heavy the people are- they can be indicators of declining health in the Czech Republic. Smoking cigarettes has been linked to lung and cardiovascular diseases as well as different types of cancers. Smoking tobacco isn’t just dangerous to the user, it is dangerous for those around them- more than 600,000 non-smokers die worldwide every year from secondhand smoke inhalation. It is very easy to prevent the health risks of smoking, simply don’t smoke cigarettes. Quitting a nicotine addiction can be hard, but the health effects of stopping are worth the struggle.

Heavy alcohol consumption also leads to poor physical health. Alcohol consumption can cause liver damage and lead to liver disease or cancer. It can also have a negative impact on the central nervous system,  the cardiovascular system, and the brain. Cutting back on alcohol consumption vastly increases the health and quality of life of users. Alcohol is also highly caloric and extended use could lead to obesity.

Obesity isn’t inherently bad- it is possible to be healthy at any size, however, obesity’s physical symptoms have potential to cause health concerns. Conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and bone and joint diseases are commonly associated with obese individuals. Obesity can also cause high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and can increase the risk of cancer in some patients. Thankfully, obesity is easily preventable by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and living an active lifestyle.

Here at Unicare, we want everyone to live their healthiest life possible. The Czech culture is rich in history and tradition should be passed down throughout the generations- the one aspect that should not be shared are the unhealthy habits. Smoking, drinking, and obesity are all easily preventable risk factors for decreased health and can be reversed by a simple, healthy choices. Our physicians are happy to talk with you about ways to help you live your healthiest life.