Heart disease is on the rise in young Australians, driven mainly by poor diet, a lack of exercise and smoking.
According to a recent article in The Age, a rise in obesity and binge smoking are behind a 30% increase in heart disease and stroke related hospital admissions in the last 10 years in people under 35.
Australians in their 20s and 30s are now fatter, have higher cholesterol and blood pressure than ever before. Add to this, the decrease in activity by this same age group and health concerns become significant.
“There’s a perception that heart disease only affects old men. People under 35 are completely tuned out to the messages around cardiac health and don’t see it as relevant to them,” the Heart Foundation’s Julie-Anne Mitchell says.
“A lot of people make the assumption that if you look healthy you’re safe, but in fact it claims more lives in Australia than any other disease.”
Heart disease is the second biggest killer (and biggest killer of women) in Australia. Therefore the increasing rate in young Australians is concerning.
How Can You Protect Yourself Against Heart Disease?
Heart disease is usually caused by a combination of factors. Your family history may leave you more likely to develop heart disease, but there are some things you can do to minimize the risk.
The most common factors that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease (including heart attack and stroke) are:
- Tobacco smoke (both smoking yourself and exposure to other’s smoke)
- High cholesterol
- high pressure
- a lack of exercise
- being overweight
- depression and social isolation
With heart disease on the rise in young Australians, it is now more important than ever that Trauma Insurance forms part of your financial planning strategy.
Think Heart Disease Won’t Happen to You?
With heart disease being one of the three leading causes for Trauma Insurance claims in 2012, it becomes even more compelling.
No one can therefore afford to think it won’t happen to them. Chances are that you or someone close to you will experience one or more of the symptoms of heart disease.
Can You Afford To Not Have Trauma Insurance?
Would heart disease prevent you from continuing in your current employment? Can you afford to support yourself if a heart attack or stroke meant you would be out of the workforce (or working at a reduced level) for a long time?
Most of us just assume that we’ll work until retirement age. Although family and kids might not be on your horizon as yet, most of us assume that they will feature at some point. They don’t come cheaply, especially when you start thinking about education, family holidays and paying off the mortgage.
Trauma Insurance pays a lump sum benefit in the event that you suffer a stroke or heart attack or are diagnosed with heart disease.
To find out how you can protect yourself, your family and your future against critical illness such as heart disease, contact the team at Make A Difference Insurance.