Focus On Preventive Care As The Long-Term Strategy To Improve Health

August 28, 2014 9:20 PM

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Focus On Preventive Care As The Long-Term Strategy To Improve Health

There has been a lot of press about the rising maternal mortality rates in the United States in spite of the fact that we spend nearly $30 billion dollars a year caring for mothers and their babies. What is happening? According to the CDC, the top two causes for these devastating outcomes include cardiovascular disease and overwhelming infection.

A contributing factor associated with many of these poor outcomes is obesity. The rising rate of obesity in the United States is affecting our health, and this is reflected in our birth outcomes. In 1962, just 13 percent of Americans were classified as obese. Today, that number is closer to 60 perce...

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