Chronic Disease Management
According to the CDC, chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis are among the most common and costly health conditions in the U.S.; about half of all adults have at least one chronic condition, but their health care needs account for 84% of all health care spending.
The good news is that many of the harmful effects of chronic diseases can be mitigated through careful management:
- Exercise can improve blood flow and strength, reduce pain and improve mobility and functioning.
- Medication adherence (PDF) can reduce the risk of hospitalization and further health complications for people living with chronic disease.
- Quitting smoking can lower one’s risk for numerous chronic conditions, including cancer and heart attack.
With the prevalence of chronic diseases projected to continue to grow (PDF), finding better ways to promote disease management strategies like these will be critical to reducing their burden and improving Americans’ health and wellbeing.