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Evaluating the health burden of chronic diseases

David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu

in Sick Societies

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199574407
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731204 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574407.003.0009
Evaluating the health burden of chronic diseases

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Chronic diseases are long-term conditions. They are typically not caused by a single infection, but by exposure to multiple, often human-produced hazards. This chapter sets out the four leading contemporary killers of the human race — heart disease, common cancers, respiratory disease, and diabetes — and their main behavioural risk factors — tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and alcohol. The chapter reveals a clear picture of a world where all people in all nations, rich and poor, and young and old, will be at risk, although the consequences will be the greatest among the youngest, poorest, and most vulnerable groups.

Keywords: heart disease; common cancers; respiratory disease; diabetes; tobacco use; unhealthy diet; physical inactivity; alcohol

Chapter.  12051 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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