Chronic diseases are diseases which last a long time, or are permanent or progressive in nature.
Chronic disease is now the number one cause of death worldwide and is responsible for 63 percent of the world’s deaths.
In 2008 there were 36 million people who died of chronic disease.(1)
What Types of Chronic Disease are there?
Chronic diseases include things like:
• Obesity-related illness
• Cardiovascular disease
• Allergy related illnesses like asthma
• Autoimmune diseases
• Seizure disorders
In the United States, 43 percent of American children have at least 1 of 20 chronic health problems. This increases to 54.1 percent when you include the children who are also obese, overweight or who have developmental delays.
The number of American children with developmental disabilities was reported to be one in six children between the years of 2006-2008, based upon National Health Interview Surveys.(2)
The number of people with chronic diseases are increasing.
For instance, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health wrote that the death rate from asthma had always been stable until the 1960s when mortality suddenly became higher than at any point in the previous hundred years.
In the U.K., the prevalence of asthma has increased two- to three-fold between 1955-2004.(4)
Doctor consultations for hay fever have risen by 260 percent between 1971-1991. Consultations about eczema also rose by 150 percent in the same time period.
Hospital admissions for anaphylaxis have increased by 700 percent, food allergy admissions by 500 percent, urticaria (hives) admissions by 100 percent, and angioedema (swelling of the deeper skin tissues) by 40 percent.
In addition, doctor’s prescriptions for all allergies have increased since 1991. (5)
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that in some countries, cancer deaths make up a quarter of all deaths and they warn that by 2020, cancer rates could increase by 50 percent, leading to an extra 15 million new cases.
What is Causing Chronic Disease?
Some possible causes are:
Environmental Pollution and Chemicals