Living with a chronic disease

Chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, some respiratory conditions and diabetes are some of the leading causes of mortality in the world: according World Health Organisation data, they account for 60% of deaths worldwide.

In order to assess their impact on all patients excluding the elderly, it should be pointed out that, out of the 35 million whose cause of death was one of these diseases in 2005, half were under the age of 70.

Chronic diseases could be considered to be an "invisible epidemic" that affects both developed and poor countries. In any case, it is important to encourage a healthier lifestyle among the population in all these countries: a better diet, more physical exercise and giving up smoking. Chronic illnesses have a significant economic impact on patients’ families, especially in poor countries, because the disease can incapacitate the patient for life, thus reducing the family income. A joint commitment to the chronic patients’ health However, there is an encouraging fact: today, any small progress in the communication and coordination between the medical bodies and teams involved Read more