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Is Diabetes A Chronic Disease

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The Challenges Of Chronic Disease

Diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, lung disease, and other chronic diseases can make life difficult to manage for millions of older adults, often forcing them to give up their independence. Every day, millions of people with chronic diseases struggle to manage their symptoms. About 80% of older adults have one chronic disease. 68.4% of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic diseases and 36.4% have four or more. Chronic diseases can affect a person’s ability to perform important activities, restricting their engagement in life and their enjoyment of family and friends. The Cost of Chronic Diseases The traditional medical model of caring for people with chronic diseases—which focuses more on the illness than on the patient—is expensive and often ineffective. More than two-thirds of all health care costs are for treating chronic diseases. 95% of health care costs for older Americans can be attributed to chronic diseases. Less than 1% of health care dollars are spent on prevention to improve overall health. NCOA’s Role Addressing chronic diseases requires new strategies to delay health deterioration, improve function, and address the problems that people confront in th Continue reading >>

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  1. Mike Peters

    Besides lifestyle, genetics and age are important factors in diabetes.
    You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you
    are overweight or obese
    are age 45 or older
    have a family history of diabetes
    are African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander
    have high blood pressure
    have a low level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol , or a high level of triglycerides
    have a history of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more
    are not physically active
    have a history of heart disease or stroke
    have depression
    have polycystic ovary syndrome , also called PCOS

    have acanthosis nigricans —dark, thick, and velvety skin around your neck or armpits
    Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes | NIDDK

    Here is a test that you can use to determine your degree of risk:
    Take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

  2. Alexandria Heather

    There is a thundering increase in people with these kinds of conditions, and it has less to do with their lack of self-care as it has to do with living in a world that forces poison on it’s citizens through the food, air, water & medicine.
    Fatism is more popular than ever, but obesity has more to do with yeast than someone just being a piggy. In fact, all the piggies I’ve ever known were skinny. All us fatties starve ourselves to no avail.
    People suffering from syndrome X and PEM-related disorders, are stuck in a losing battle against obesity and ill-health because they’ve been under attack their entire lives.
    Most people don’t even know how to make food from scratch. Is this their fault, or the culture we’re raised in?
    Do you have something to offer people to help them find a healthier lifestyle?
    It really isn’t a question of if you should have compassion for anyone.

    Because the answer to that should always be YES.

  3. Christi Zelaya

    I’m sorry, but the reason they have whatever disease they have really isn’t any concern of yours.
    The truth of the matter is, they have a disease they are trying to manage. For some it may be an easy thing to do; for others it can be a major challenge. Which ever it is, it’s none of your business.

    Whether you have compassion for them or not makes little to no difference to them. And it doesn’t change the fact that they have this disease and they will be dealing with it, not you.

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