Chronic Diseases and Conditions
Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability, with nearly 19 million Americans reporting activity limitations. Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness among adults, aged 20-74.
Chronic diseases and conditions affect approximately 1 out of every 4 employees in the workplace, and can last for as long as 1 year, limit what you can do, and require lifelong medical care. Four modifiable health risk behaviors—lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption—are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases.
|Common chronic diseases and conditions
Information about most common chronic diseases and conditions have been provided by our member charities. Click on the links below to learn more about these conditions.
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