According to a recent report released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of the American adults have at least one chronic disease, such as a heart disease, obesity or diabetes.
The report was later published in the journal, The Lancet. However, it has now been included in a new series of the Journal, ‘The health of Americans’. According to the report, more than 25% of adults in US have at least two, and in some cases, more of these diseases.
The researchers at CDC say that most of this morbidity can be avoided by reducing some of the risk factors that are completely under the control of people, such as poor diet, excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco use, high cholesterol and badly treated high blood pressure. Furthermore, both physical inactivity and poor diet are associated with obesity.
The researchers further said, “Compared with comparable high-income countries, the US is less healthy in areas such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases.”
According to CDC, “chronic diseases are the main causes of poor health, disability, and death, and account for most of health care expenditures” in US.
The risk factors mentioned above are thought of as the major cause of the increase in the number of people having a chronic disease in US. CDC added that the patients can manage their problems by “providing self-management education and methods in structured lifestyle programs” that are associated with “supportive community environments.”
The report published recently also discussed Obamacare saying, “As the US health care [system] undergoes further transformations with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and as fiscal challenges continue, opportunities and needs to further improve the health status of Americans will become clearer.”