Chronic Illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately half of all adults in the United States have at least one chronic disease, ranging from cancer to diabetes to heart disease.  Chronic diseases are estimated to be responsible for approximately 80 percent of all healthcare spending nationally, and in part explain the decrease in life expectancy for middle-aged Whites over the past 15 years.

What’s particularly striking is that these chronic conditions are often preventable.  A focus on preventing chronic disease could improve the productivity and quality of life for millions of Americans and save trillions of dollars in healthcare spending.

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Percentage of Adults with Chronic Conditions