July 10th Is Chronic Disease Awareness Day

Chronic Disease Awareness Day

States and cities across the country issued official proclamations in the commemoration of Chronic Disease Awareness Day.

Every day in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are caused by chronic diseases. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 25 percent of Americans have at least one chronic illness, and that number rises to 75 percent of adults aged 65 and older. The deadliest and costliest chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, are also the most preventable. Studies show that avoidable chronic conditions cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars each year and as much as 86 percent of our nation’s annual healthcare spending.

Although not all diseases are preventable, chronic disease sufferers must also be accountable. Stanford University has developed a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program that helps establish the skills necessary to manage self-health. Adults who feel confident handling a chronic illness often live longer, happier lives, and spend less time in the hospital. By taking better care of ourselves physically, we can alleviate the stress in our healthcare market and help lower overall costs.

Share messages of encouragement and love for chronic illness sufferers on social media using the hashtags: #CDAware or #CDADay.