9 Serious Illnesses Beyond Cancer

Serious Illnesses

The world can be a dangerous place. If you’re concerned about your health, there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind. When it comes to illnesses, some can be minor, like colds, and others can be serious, like cancer. As medical science advances, we have more and more potential treatments, but some illnesses remain deadly. Cancer and heart disease are two of the most dangerous, life-threatening categories of illness, causing the most illness-related death in America, there are other illnesses that can also prove deadly. Here are some other dangerous conditions to look out for.

9. Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia

alzheimers

While you’ve likely heard of Alzheimer’s disease, you may not know that it’s much more than just being forgetful. It can bring with it numerous problems that can severely impact quality of life. Alzheimer’s doesn’t just destroy the memory; it also causes changes in a person’s mood and even takes away cognitive ability, which makes it difficult for the afflicted person to perform certain tasks. Alzheimer’s disease happens to be the most common form of dementia, but they are others, all characterized by a lack of faculties, resulting in the victim needing considerable care and support from those around them.

There are a number of risk factors for Alzheimer’s that are simply beyond our control. These include aging, family history, and genetics, as well as being female. Fortunately, there is another risk factor, the lack of social engagement, which can be affected by lifestyle choices. Basically, regular social interaction helps to strengthen the mind. Conversely, significant periods of isolation have the opposite effect. Other risk factors for Alzheimer’s include head trauma, or existing mental problems. While there is no known cause or cure for Alzheimer’s, it’s speculated that a healthy diet could go a long way in preventing the disease.

8. Septicemia

Septicemia

More commonly known as sepsis, septicemia is an infection of the blood. The ‘good’ news is it typically only takes hold in people who are already sick, turning an initial, localized infection into a body-wide illness due to bacteria or viruses getting into the bloodstream. This can trigger a serious immune response from the body, which ironically can do more harm than good in the form of blood clotting and organ failure. Generally, the elderly, and those with weaker immune systems are at risk for sepsis, because their bodies are weaker and therefore less able to fight off an infection.

Preventing sepsis can be difficult; generally, maintaining good health can keep it at bay, because it requires an existing infection. It’s important to be vigilant with symptoms, as they often appear like the signs of a common cold virus. Fevers, and chills are some of the warning signs of sepsis. However, sepsis may also cause an increased heart or respiratory rate. If you or someone you know has generally poor health or is prone to colds, get checkups regularly, have infections treated quickly, and make sure that you’re ready to contact a medical professional quickly if symptoms should suddenly arise.