What is a Chronic Illness?

From the patient’s perspective, it’s his or her worst nightmare. But from the medical perspective, it’s a bit more complex. According to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, a chronic disease is a disease that lasts for 3 months or longer. These illnesses are incurable and greatly impact the lives of the patients who suffer from them. According to the National Health Council, approximately 133M Americans are affected by one or more chronic diseases. By 2020, that number is expected to exceed 150 million. Globally, 95% of the population is sick. A third of them have 5 or more Chronic or Acute illnesses. Many call these statistics a crisis. One that is staggering and worsening.  One that also bears an economic impact. Therefore, prevention and management of these diseases is paramount to the overall well-being of society.

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Reference Links:

http://www.nationalhealthcouncil.org/sites/default/files/NHC_Files/Pdf_Files/AboutChronicDisease.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4969287/

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