Join us on this episode as we welcome Mohammed Umer Waris, a family medicine resident, to discuss the alarming rise of “deaths of despair” and its impact on life expectancy in the United States. Umer sheds light on the factors contributing to this distressing trend, including substance abuse, mental health issues, and the decline of social connections. We explore the role of loneliness and its implications for overall well-being. Discover how medical professionals, like Umer, are diagnosing and addressing the social aspects that contribute to despair-related deaths through innovative practices such as “social prescribing.” Together, we delve into the importance of community engagement and personal responsibility in overcoming these challenges. Tune in to gain insights into the complex societal issues behind the decline in life expectancy and explore actionable steps towards building stronger, more connected communities.
Mohammed Umer Waris is a family medicine resident.
He discusses his KevinMD article, “Deaths of despair: an urgent call for a collective response to the crisis in U.S. life expectancy.”
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