Half of American adults have chronic disease
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about half of Americans have a chronic condition--such as diabetes and heart disease--and that more than a quarter have two or more conditions.
The CDC says that a host of chronic conditions can be prevented if risk factors like tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol could be eliminated. The authors add that “chronic diseases are the main causes of poor health, disability, and death, and account for most of health care expenditures” in the U.S.
To solve the widespread issue of chronic disease, the CDC has a number of recommendations, including epidemiology and surveillance to monitor trends and track progress, health care that effectively delivers prevention services, policies and environments that promote health and support healthy behaviors, and stronger links between health care and community services.