Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Article # 294. Chronic disease

Chronic disease: A disease that persists for a long time. A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear. Health damaging behaviors - particularly tobacco use, lack of physical activity, and poor eating habits - are major contributors to the leading chronic diseases.
Chronic diseases tend to become more common with age. The leading chronic diseases in developed countries include (in alphabetical order) arthritis, cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and stroke, cancer such as breast and colon cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and seizures, obesity, and oral health problems. Each of these conditions plague older adults in the US (and other developed nations).
·         Addison’s Disease
·         Asthma
·         Bipolar Mood Disorder
·         Bronchiectasis
·         Cardiac Failure
·         Cardiomyopathy
·         Chronic Renal Disease
·         Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
·         Coronary Artery Disease
·         Crohn’s Disease
·         Diabetes Insipidus
·         Diabetes Mellitus Type I
·         Diabetes Mellitus Type II
·         Dysrhythmias
·         Epilepsy
·         Glaucoma
·         Haemophilia
·         HIV/Aids
·         Hyperlipidaemia
·         Hypertension
·         Hypothyroidism
·         Multiple Sclerosis
·         Parkinson’s Disease
·         Rheumatoid Arthritis
·         Schizophrenia
·         Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
·         Ulcerative Colitis