health and treating disease

The World Health Organization reports that depression is the leading cause of disability. A study conducted by the World Health Organization, the World Bank and Harvard University measured years of healthy life lost due to premature death or disability. It found that disability caused by major depression was equal to the amount of disability caused by blindness or paralysis.

Depression is considered a medical illness by the World Health Organization.

As the 11th-leading cause of death among all Americans and the third-leading cause of death among those 15-24 years of age, suicide is a serious public health problem.

It is a particularly serious problem in Maine. According to the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 15-24, and the third leading cause of death for youth aged 10-14 in Maine. Between 1999 and 2003, there were 793 suicides in Maine.

Suicide rates are about one-third higher in rural areas. The problem of suicide has a serious impact on friends, family, and community members.

Depression and Suicide: The numbers add up.

  • Depression affects nearly one in every 10 people.
  • In 2005, nearly one in 20 high school students reported having seriously considered or attempted suicide during the previous 12 months.
  • In 2006, a survey by the American College Health Association found that almost one in every 10 college students has seriously considered suicide.

Depression affects

Diabetes in Maine

Diabetes is a real problem in Maine - and it's only getting worse. The Maine Diabetes Prevention & Control Program estimates that about 7.4% of the Maine adult population (about 72,053 adults)find out more here is diagnosed with diabetes.

For every two people diagnosed, experts estimate that there is one person who has diabetes but hasn't been diagnosed - an estimated 36,027 Mainers. Diabetes-related hospital stays are increasing, and deaths linked to diabetes are rising.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We know how to diagnose and treat diabetes. We even know how to delay or prevent the onset of the most common type of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes.

We know how to live better with diabetes. We can listen and learn from our neighbors who manage their diabetes well. We can take action and save lives. We invite you to join the fight against diabetes at home and in your community.

Heart Health & Cardiovascular Disease in Maine

Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Maine, causing 4 out of every 10 deaths in our state. This means that about 4,500 people die from cardiovascular disease each year (Maine Cardiovascular Health Program).

Heart disease and stroke are the principal components of cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for both cardiovascular disease and stroke.

In this section, you can learn how to treat and prevent High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, and Stroke and Brain Attack. If you have an interest in helping to develop and maintain this website, please contact us.

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