Chronic diseases are long-lasting conditions that can be controlled, but not cured. Chronic illness affects the population worldwide. As described by the Centers for Disease Control, chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems, they are also among the most preventable. Many chronic diseases can be effectively controlled. Examples of chronic diseases include:
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD)
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
High Blood Pressure
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Peptic Ulcer Disease
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Many chronic diseases can be prevented or controlled by staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle. Visit our Health Topics page to read more about chronic disease, and our Events page to participate in upcoming community health events.
As Americans fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, experts note that while there isn't enough evidence to conclude that barbecued meat increases cancer risk, it's still a good idea to take some precautions.