50% of American adults have chronic diseases: Study
Zee Media Bureau
Washington: A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that half of all adults in the USA have at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity.
The study published in the medical journal 'The Lancet' also shows that over a quarter of adults have two or more of these conditions.
According to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
majority of these chronic conditions are largely preventable through the reduction of risk factors that falls within individuals' control such as - tobacco use, poor diet, and physical inactivity (both strongly associated with obesity), alcohol consumption, and uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Compared with other high-income countries, USA is less healthy in areas such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases.
The study also found that Medicare enrollees (the majority of whom are over 65) accounted for 300 billion dollars in healthcare spending. And over 90 percent of this healthcare expenditure was accounted for by people with two or more chronic conditions.
(With Agency Inputs)
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