What are chronic diseases?  Well, they are ongoing, generally incurable illnesses or conditions such as heart disease, asthma, cancer, and diabetes.  Sadly enough, these diseases are often preventable, and with early detection, they are certainly manageable with change in health behavior.  With improved diet and exercise, chronic diseases can be brought to a manageable level.

CHRONIC DISEASES AND DEATH
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the US. Approximately 133 million Americans (45%) of the population have at least one chronic disease. Even more alarming is the fact that chronic disease is responsible for 7 out of every 10 deaths in the country, killing more than 1.7 million Americans every year.

CHRONIC DISEASES & ITS AFFECT ON HEALTHCARE
Chronic diseases are the primary catalysts for driving up healthcare costs in the United States. People with chronic conditions are the most frequent user of the healthcare services. They account for 81% of all hospital admissions, 91% of all prescription medication filled, and 76% of all physician visits.

BEHAVIORAL CHANGE
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of all heart disease, 40% of cancer, and 80% of type 2 diabetes could have been prevented through simple behavioral change that includes a healthy lifestyle.