A chronic disease or illness is one that lasts 3 months or longer and where the sufferer must adjust to the demands of the illness and/or the therapy used to treat it. Most Chronic Illnesses change the way you live, the way you see yourself and the way you relate to others.
Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication nor do they fix themselves and just disappear over time. Some can be immediately life threatening, such as heart disease, stroke and cancer others linger over time such as diabetes and arthritis.
Chronic illnesses are the most common and leading cause of premature death in Australia.
Many Chronic illnesses occur across all stages of the human life cycle but become more prevalent with older age and compromise a person’s quality of life.
The top 12 most common Chronic illnesses in Australia are:
- Heart Disease
- Depression & Mental Health illnesses
- Type 2 diabetes
- Arthritis & Osteoarthritis
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Chronic Kidney disease
- Overweight & Obesity
- Back Pain
How common are Chronic Illnesses?
1 in 2 Australians (50%) have at least one Chronic Illness or condition.
23% of All Australians have two or more Chronic conditions and in the over 65 years age group the figure is 60% that have two or more Chronic conditions at the same time.
- It is estimated that 138,321 new cases of Cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2018
- Around 1.7 million Australians have Diabetes with more than 100,000 developing the disease each year.
- More than 4.2 million (1 in 6) Australians are affected by Cardiovascular Disease.
- About 40,000 Australians have a Stroke each year, approximately 10,600 of those die and the remainder suffer a degree of permanent disability.
- Osteoarthritis (OA) currently affects 1.9 million Australians but that figure is set to rise exponentially in the coming decades with an aging and overweight population.
- Each year approximately one in five Australians will experience a Mental Illness and almost half the population (45.5%) will experience a Mental disorder at some point in their life time.
- Six million Australians over the age of 18 are Overweight (BMI of 25.0kg/m2 to 29.9kg/m2) and a further Five million Australians are Obese (BMI of 30.0kg/m2 or more) That’s 11 million Australians in total.
- Currently 9 in 10 Deaths in Australia have Chronic Disease or illness as the underlying cause.
Exercise is the best Therapy to reduce the risk of contracting nearly every chronic disease known to man. It is also the New Medicine being prescribed to help treat, manage and alleviate Chronic Disease.
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