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Rise in chronic
diseases

The world's leading cause of death

The world is now having to come to terms with a worrying increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases. Responsible for more than 63% of all deaths, they are by far the world's biggest killers1. If nothing is done to curb this trend, the number of deaths from chronic diseases could rise by 17% over the next 10 years2.

Long-term diseases

Chronic diseases are noncommunicable long-term illnesses requiring long-term care.

They are primarily3:

All have serious impacts on patient quality of life and can be the cause of premature death.

An epidemic driven by today’s lifestyles

The chronic disease epidemic is significantly influenced by rapid changes in lifestyles and associated new behavior patterns.

Globalization, intensive urbanization, increasingly sedentary lifestyles and population aging all contribute to the widespread increase in four key risk factors3 worldwide:

  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet of energy-intensive fast food
Today's advances in pharmacology, home automation and remote medical facilitate the home delivery of treatment.of treatment for chronic disease patients.

These new behaviors affect every age group, and their impact on the human body increases the risk of a range of chronic diseases. Nearly 4 out of every 5 deaths in the world's developing countries result from chronic diseases1.

Contrary to preconceived notions, this growing threat of premature death is particularly pronounced in the world's poorest countries, which are where the majority of the world's population lives.

A major worldwide public health challenge2

According to the WHO, millions of lives could be saved and healthcare expenditure considerably reduced by national campaigns2.

National campaigns, such as:

  • Initiatives designed to reduce exposure to risk factors, such as tobacco smoke, alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyles and poor diet
  • Consistent measures to improve care, increase screening and provide early-stage treatment of chronic diseases

Home healthcare: financially effective and sustainable

Air Liquide Healthcare provides home healthcare services around the world for chronic disease patients while also taking economic imperatives into consideration.

References:

  1. WHO. 10 facts on noncommunicable diseases Available at: www.who.int/features/factfiles/noncommunicable_diseases, viewed on 11/11/2014.
  2. WHO. Health topics, noncommunicable diseases Preventing chronic diseases, a vital investment. Available at: www.who.int/chp/chronic_disease_report/overview_en.pdf?ua=1; viewed on 11/11/2014.
  3. WHO. Health topics, noncommunicable diseases (page viewed 11/11/2014) Deaths from noncommunicable diseases on the rise, with developing world hit hardest. Available at: www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2011/ncds_20110427