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One in 51 million

November 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

According to the latest Census, the South African population is 51.8 million. That’s an increase of around 7 million people in 10 years. Women outnumber men slightly, and the majority of the population is under 35 years old.

These numbers are so big, they become hard to comprehend. Start thinking of all the health challenges faced by us and you’ll be even more amazed.

- Asthma affects around one in 20 people, about 2.5 million South Africans.

- At least 10% of people will experience depression at some time, around 5 million of us.

- One in 4 adult women experience urinary tract infections.

- About 2/3 of the South African population are infected with TB, although most won’t develop the disease.

- People living with HIV in South Africa are estimated at around 10%, that is 5 million people.

- One in 3 men, and one in 4 women will develop a heart condition before the age of 60.

- The instance of cancer varies depending on the type, but is thought to be on the rise, expected to increase worldwide by 75% by 2030.

Looking at all these numbers we can feel a little overwhelmed. But it’s good to remember that a healthy lifestyle, eating a sensible, balanced diet and exercising regularly can help reduce the risk of many conditions. Being fit and strong helps our bodies cope with whatever conditions we may have to face.

Let’s embrace our 51 million brothers and sisters and help each other live healthy, happy lives!

How do these numbers make you feel?
 

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