29 Remarkable Facts About Chronic Diseases

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Chronic conditions are diseases that last the lifetime of the patient. Chronic diseases are continuing to increase costs on the United States health care system and the health of the population. In response prevention and management of chronic disease has become paramount. 

Below you will find 29 statistics about chronic diseases. You may be surprised at how much chronic diseases are impacting health today.

1) Chronic disease is responsible for 60% of all deaths worldwide.
World Health Organization

2) As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more chronic health conditions. One of four adults had two or more chronic health conditions.
Center for Disease Control 

3) 68.4% of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions and 36.4% have four or more.
National Council on Aging

4) Chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S., killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year.
The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

5) The WHO estimates that over the next decade, China is set to lose a massive US$558 billion, and India $237 billion, in national income as a result of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Sci Dev Net

6) One in three U.S. adults—63 million people—have hypertension or high blood pressure. Nearly 70% of first heart attacks and 77% of first strokes occur in people with hypertension.
American Public Health Association

7) Annual health care costs per capita for people with heart disease ($12,900) are more than five times that of the general adult population ($2,400).
California Health Care Foundation

8) Nationally, the percent of children ages 2–19 years who are overweight or obese has more than doubled from 15.4% in 1971–1974 to 31.8% in 2011–2012, and the percent of children who are obese more than tripled from 5.2% in 1971–1974 to 16.9% in 2011–2012. 
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

New Call-to-action9) 1 in 10 Australians aged 18+ (10%) had biomedical signs of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2011–12, with the majority of these showing early signs of the disease.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

10) Obesity prevalence is 54 percent higher among adults with arthritis compared with adults without arthritis.
Stop Obesity Alliance

11) A plant-based diet may be able to prevent and treat diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, obesity, and hypertension.
Nutrition Facts

12) In the United States 4 in 5 health care dollars (78%) are spent on behalf of people with chronic conditions.
My Invisible Fight

13) In 2008, the cost of heart disease and stroke in the U.S. is projected to be $448 billion.
Health and Human Services (Massachusetts)

14) Faith reduces stress, loneliness, pain, and anxiety according to American Cancer Society.
Seattle Dizzy Group

15) Smoking tobacco increases a person’s risk of ischemic heart disease, stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and also increases the risk of several cancers, including some less common types (e.g., esophagus, stomach).
Cancer Care Ontario

16) Chronic disease does not only affect the elderly. In 2009, 42.7% of the people who died from chronic disease were under the age of 75, 23.1% were under the age of 65.
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene(Maryland)

17) Like many diseases, diabetes especially affects people of color. The 2008 diabetes-related death rate for Black residents was nearly three times the rate for White residents, while the rate for Latino residents was more than twice the rate for White residents.
Boston Public Health Commission

18) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the 5th largest killer worldwide. Every hour COPD is estimated to kill over 250 people worldwide.
European COPD Coalition

19) Children of mothers experiencing intimate partner violence have a 2-fold increased risk of developing asthma than those not exposed.
Prevention Institute

20) Epidemiological studies suggest that increased consumption of anthocyanins may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown the consumption of red berries, such as strawberries or blueberries to provide a source of anthocyanins. The Iowa Women’s Health Study in the US reported that over 16 years, a daily intake of 0.2 mg of anthocyanins was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women.

21) Women suffer more than men from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At the same time, women have 20 - 60% lower mortality rates from COPD.
Canadian Women's Health Network

22) Stroke is Australia’s second biggest cause of death after coronary heart disease and is a leading cause of disability.
Beyond Blue

23) Six percent of Medicare beneficiaries with high blood pressure have no other condition present, while 23% have 5 or more additional conditions.
Primary Care Case Management

24) Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Today there are 41 states with obesity rates over 25 percent, according to the Trust for American's Health.
Campaign To End Obesity

25) Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2010 were chronic diseases. Two of these chronic diseases—heart disease and cancer—together accounted for nearly 48% of all deaths.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 26) Among respondents with COPD, 57% reported having smoked since first being diagnosed with COPD, 36% were current smokers, 47% were former smokers, and 82 % reported quitting or cutting down on smoking to help control their breathing problems after their Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD) diagnosis.
Public Health Agency of Canada

27) Cancer care cost $157 billion in 2010 dollars.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

28) More than 42 million adults—close to 1 of every 5—said they currently smoked cigarettes in 2012.Cigarette smoking accounts for more than 480,000 deaths each year. Each day, more than 3,200 youth younger than 18 years smoke their first cigarette, and another 2,100 youth and young adults who smoke every now and then become daily smokers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

29) In 2007, 1 in 5 Australians aged 16–85 (20%) experienced a mental disorder in the previous 12 months. In 2013–14, 1 in 7 children aged 4–17 (14%) were assessed as having mental health disorders in the previous 12 months.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Chronic diseases have become debilitating to a large portion of the population while greatly increasing the costs of health care. It is important that patients actively manage their conditions. This can be done by following a chronic disease care plan created with a physician. Today chronic disease treatment is becoming a priority of health care systems as they look to increase wellness and decrease cost.

Let us know in the comments what statistics were most surprising! 

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