Scarily Common Health Problems You Need to Avoid!

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To say that there are a lot of conditions and diseases out there would be a bit of an understatement. But many serious health problems are actually more widespread than people think, and they’re grossly underestimated by the public at large.

We’re going to take a quick look at some of the most common health problems in the United States. They’re all a lot more severe than many people think, so you need to make sure that you’re making an active effort to avoid them. It’s also worth pointing out that a lot of people have these problems without even realizing it – so be careful!

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Tooth decay

The most common health problem in the United States? People will give you a plethora of different answers, but tooth decay is usually listed in the top five. There’s a reason that 27 of our states treat the drinking water with fluoride! (No, it’s not to give you cancer or control your mind, though those seem to be popular theories among conspiracy theorists!) Fluoride is instrumental in tackling many problems when it comes to oral health.

Still, tooth decay is one of the most common problems precisely because so many people underestimate the importance of proper oral care. So many people don’t even brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes, let alone floss! There’s also the fact that many people skip out on the dentist and dental insurance in general. They’re often worried about the price. But how much is dental insurance? Generally, the cost is more than worth it.

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Dehydration

It seems absurd to many that in a country where getting water from a tap or a public facility is so darn easy that dehydration would actually be considered a common health problem. But that doesn’t make it any less of a fact! Some doctors have suggested that as much as 75% of the U.S. population walks around in a state of low-level dehydration. The problem is also prevalent among children.

The truth is that a lot of Americans reach for the likes of Coca-Cola when they’re thirsty. In any case, they tend to save liquid consumption for when they’re really thirsty, as opposed to making a habit of drinking water throughout the day. A lack of adequate hydration means you’ll have trouble focussing and performing. It also means your body will have a hard time absorbing essential nutrients, which will really hit you hard when you get older!

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Sleep deprivation

When people hear those two words, they often think about torture or cruel animal experiments. They don’t see it as something of a widespread problem in the U.S., nor do they even imagine that they may be suffering from it. But most people in the U.S. really are sleep deprived – and they’re paying heavy prices for it.

If you’re not getting the optimum amount of sleep your body needs (the average is about eight hours a day, but it can differ for a lot of people) and keeping a consistent sleeping schedule, then you’re probably shortening your lifespan. It affects your immune system, increases stress, and ruins your concentration. You’re not working at your full potential if you’re not sleeping enough!

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Prime Aque is the back-end guy of Self-Help. He is a blogger and WordPress front-end designer. Importantly, he is a husband and a father of three wonderful kids. His firstborn are twin girls. He loves writing and sharing.