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Live longer, better, and happier through chronic disease prevention

Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability, particularly in high-income countries.

More than 70% of deaths globally are due to chronic diseases. In the US, chronic diseases are the cause of more than 87% of American adult deaths.

This is significant, because approximately half of American adults had at least one chronic disease as of 2012. And 1 in 4 adults had two or more chronic health conditions.

The World Health Organization (WHO), expects rates of chronic diseases and conditions to continue to grow…

So what IS a chronic disease?

I’m glad you asked! Chronic diseases are noncontagious, ongoing illnesses or conditions. They include heart disease, arthritis, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, dental cavities9, asthma, obesity10, depression, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among many other conditions.

These diseases are often preventable and frequently manageable through early detection, improved diet, exercise, and treatment therapy.

Not sure these issues really affect you?

Check out these stats…

1 in 4 American adult deaths each year are from heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. 

Nearly half of Americans have at least 1 of the 3 risk factors for heart disease. Do you have any of these top risk factors?

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking

Other lifestyle factors and preventable chronic diseases that can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and other potentially fatal health problems include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy diet high in trans fats, saturated fats, and/or salt
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Too little or too much sleep (7-9 hours is ideal for nearly all adults)

If you are concerned about heart health, chronic disease prevention, or simply want to sleep better, join my Healthy Family Course. These classes discuss the lifestyle choices and commonly missed health conditions that affect your sleep and overall health, as well as how to resolve them.

More than 2 in 3 adults and about 1 in 3 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese.

No one chooses to be overweight. Generally, lack of nutrition education, chronic stress, or not knowing how to break free from unhealthy habits are to blame. Layered Living is here to help!

Approximately 1 in 11 people have diabetes in the US.

And, right now, 25% of them do not know they have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through lifestyle choices, accounts for about 90-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults.

Of even greater concern, more than 1 in 3 adults have prediabetes. 90% of them do not know they have prediabetes – yikes! That means people in this large and growing group have no idea they are sitting on the tipping point. Not only that, but the day-to-day decisions we are making are having a huge and lasting impact on our long-term health and potential longevity.

Type 2 diabetes used to be known as a disease of adulthood. Unfortunately, that has changed. 1 in 3 American children born since 2000 are expected to develop Type 2 diabetes over the course of their lifetime, based on current trends. Furthermore, when diabetes starts in childhood it progresses faster and is harder to treat than in adults.

Did you know, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and often linked to celiac disease? Learn why routine celiac testing is recommended.

More than 1 in 3 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lives.

The WHO estimates that 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are preventable through healthier diet and lifestyle choices alone.11

Besides quitting smoking, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk are:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight throughout life.
  • Be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Make healthy food choices with a focus on plant-based foods.

Dental cavities are the most common chronic disease in American children aged 6 to 19 years.

In fact, cavities are about five times as common as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever.

Oral health is sometimes forgotten as a major health concern. In reality, poor oral health contributes to or may even cause numerous other internal health problems including heart disease, dementia, respiratory infections, diabetes, and more.

Are you or your kids affected by any of these conditions?

Layered Living can help! We have health coaching programs, educational wellness classes, and more to support your needs.

Layered Living employs a holistic approach to wellness. While the food on our plate is foundational (and can be transformational to our life!), far more than diet contributes to good health and longevity. Together, we will explore each layer that contributes to your health and happiness. We seek to identify sources of stress and discover the root causes of chronic stress and ill health.

See what my clients are saying.

My intentions for all my coaching programs and educational classes are simple:

  • Alleviate stress
  • Reduce healthcare spending
  • Increase family harmony
  • Enjoy delicious food
  • Have fun!

Are you ready to discover whole life wellness? Find the right Services to support your goals.


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Benjamin, R. M. (2010). Oral health: The Silent Epidemic. Retrieved from

Caffrey, C., Sengupta, M., & Park-Lee, E. (2012, August 10). QuickStats: Ten Most Common Chronic Conditions* Among Persons Living in Residential Care Facilities – National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, United States, 2010. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, September 22). Hygiene-related Diseases: Dental Caries (Tooth Decay). Retrieved from

Diabetes Daily Staff. (2016, April 18). How Many People Have Diabetes? Retrieved from

Division of Diabetes Translation. (2014). National Diabetes Statistics Report from 2014. Retrieved from

Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. (2017, August 23). Heart Disease Fact Sheet. Retrieved from

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2019, February 6). Behaviors That Increase Risk for Heart Disease. Retrieved from

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2019, July 30). About Chronic Diseases. Retrieved from

National Cancer Institute. (2018, April 27). Cancer Statistics. Retrieved from

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (2017, August). Overweight & Obesity Statistics. Retrieved from

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. (2016 January 12). The Growing Crisis of Chronic Disease in the United States. Retrieved from

Santos-Longhurst, A. (2017, February 27). Type 2 Diabetes Statistics and Facts. Retrieved from

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This blog post is general information only and is not to be substituted for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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