Heart disease and stroke are two major medical conditions that can result in higher life insurance premiums. Fortunately, the American Heart Association reports that the number of fatalities due to the conditions is dropping.
However, many people are still afflicted with the ailments. According to AHA data, more than 33 percent of adults over the age of 20 have high blood pressure.
Report lead writer Veronique Roger says just because fewer people are dying from some serious conditions doesn't mean the public should forget about them.
"We can attribute much of that to improved quality of care, with heart and stroke patients getting the care and treatment they need to live longer," says Roger. "But unfortunately the prevalence of these diseases and their risk factors are still high. We need to energize our commitment to strategies that can prevent disease in the first place."
People can modify their diets to help prevent being diagnosed with a condition, like high blood pressure. Staying away from foods with high sodium content is one way to do this. Canned soups and processed meats are a couple of commonly eaten foods that have a lot of salt in them.