Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Our country spends 86% of its health care dollars on the treatment of these conditions. Persistent chronic conditions highly compromise our citizen’s quality of life, health care expenses, and lifelong disability. Chronic diseases include Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease, Stroke, and High Blood Pressure.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2012, about half of all adults (117 million people) have one or more chronic health conditions and one of four adults has two or more chronic health conditions.
Health Risk Behaviors are highly associated with the development of chronic diseases. Four unhealthy behaviors that you have the power to change include; smoking, lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, and alcohol abuse. By making these life style changes, you are on your way to better health and preventing chronic conditions.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention