Tuesday, July 31, 2012

More with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Among adults aged 45 or older, a growing share has two or more of nine chronic conditions, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Among 45-to-64-year-olds, the percentage with two or more conditions increased from 16 to 21 percent during the past decade, and among people aged 65 or older the figure grew from 37 to 45 percent. The nine chronic conditions are hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, current asthma, and kidney disease.

Among people aged 45 to 64 with at least two of these chronic conditions, more than one in five delayed getting medical care or did not get prescription drugs in the past year because of cost.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Multiple Chronic Conditions among Adults Aged 45 and Over: Trends Over the Past 10 Years

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