“Chronic Diseases Affect Over Half U.S. Population”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in The Lancet saying half of all adults in the U.S. have at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity. CDC researchers say the bulk of this morbidity could be prevented through the reduction of risk factors that fall within individuals’ control: tobacco use, poor diet, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, poorly treated high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Naturally, a poor diet and lack of physical activity are strongly linked to obesity. America is less healthy than other high-income countries in areas such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. Experts say that one-third of U.S. adults take five or more prescription medicines or supplements. It should be no surprise that some 18 million people end up in hospital emergency rooms each year because of medication errors.