Health Behaviors Linked to Chronic Disease
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. Many health behaviors directly impact these chronic diseases. Addressing unhealthy behaviors such as sedentary lifestyles, poor nutritional habits and tobacco use can significantly reduce and prevent your risk of developing a chronic disease.
Reduction in body weight by just a few pounds can be a difference between being overweight, obese and lowering your blood glucose level. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower extremity amputations and blindness among adults ages 20-74. One in every three adults in the U.S. is obese. Fifty-percent of individuals with hypertension are not being treated for their illness. Modification of health behaviors can be a great tool in combating these illnesses.