It is not necessary to be experts in nutrition to realize that there are some conditions that greatly affect the health status of Mexicans, mainly diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, which in most cases are linked to overweight and obesity.
In our country, the complementary expenditure on health goods and services represents 4.5% of the final consumption of households in Mexico, this is 50% above the average of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The proportion of households that incur catastrophic expenses for health expenses is the second highest within this organization.
Although there are many deficiencies in the health system of the country and we only have 2 doctors for every 1,000 inhabitants (the lowest rate of the OECD), not all the responsibility belongs to the government. It is in the hands of each person to choose what lifestyle to lead, what type of food to follow and how much exercise to practice to reduce as much as possible, the risk of overweight or obesity and therefore, chronic diseases.
The financial support offered by a Major Medical Insurance can make the difference in case of suffering any of the aforementioned ailments, given that their treatments are very expensive, but it is vital to hire them on time and not want to do it once you have the disease, as it happens in many cases.
What are the main chronic diseases that Mexicans face?
In Mexico, 80% of deaths are caused by chronic diseases. Undoubtedly, the two most common are obesity and diabetes. These, along with ischemia to the heart and hypertension kill 20 people every hour.
- Obesity: Mexico is the second country with the highest rate of obesity. Out of 10 people, 3 are obese and 7 are overweight. The index in minors is 1 in 3.
- Diabetes: It is the most common and direct consequence of obesity. 11% of the population between 20 and 79 years suffers from it and only a quarter have metabolic control. Diabetes is responsible for the deaths of 100,000 people each year.
Each person is responsible for their health and it is in their hands to decide the lifestyle they want to lead, it is the small changes that make big differences and it is never too late to start!