Chronic Diseases Essay

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David Classen PED 103 Mr. Alex Evangelista May 3, 2012 Chronic Diseases Chronic Disease is a long-lasting illness that can be controlled but not treated. Chronic disease disturbs the population globally. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control, chronic disease is the foremost cause of death and disability in the USA alone. It is accountable for 70%, which is 1.7 million each year of deaths in the USA. Data from the World Health Organization show that “chronic disease is also the major cause of premature death around the world even in places where infectious disease is rampant.” Chronic diseases have physical signs and symptoms and these diseases affect our physical functioning. In terms of emotional wellness, the diagnosis of a chronic disease can be devastating. Even if a chronic disease is in an early stage, the stress of medications treatments and lifestyle changes can be very hard. It is crucial to seek support from family and friends or other people who do not know as much about chronic disease or what it brings. There are three types of chronic disease that we have which are Cardiovascular, Diabetes, and Cancer. Cardiovascular disease is any disease that takes affect on the heart or blood vessels, diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism characterized by too little production or use of insulin leading to elevated blood glucose levels, and cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. All three of the Chronic Disease has main risk factors and problems. However, doing the right things can also make it prevented. There are four main health risk behaviors, which are lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption. These are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases. Cardiovascular diseases

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