Chronic Disease: No Please

Everything You Need to Know

What is a Chronic Disease

A chronic disease or condition is one that does not end, or that keeps coming back. There are many chronic diseases and conditions; some are very mild and do not affect a person's life much if any, and others can have a serious impact on a person's daily life.


"You never know how STRONG you are until being STRONG is the only choice.", Bob Marley

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5 Tips for you to know

Watch what you eat, stay active, focus on portion sizes, opt for the healthy choice, and be mature and think about the future.


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A Letter on Chronic Disease

Hi,


I've been enjoying my school life recently but in the back of my mind I am still thinking about the future. People have often told me that when you are young you have a high metabolism so there is nothing to worry about. Is that true?


Thanks,

Gregory


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Hi Greg,

The answer to your question is yes, however that doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions. Lifestyle habits when you are young carry over to when your old, hence the "chronic" in chronic diseases.

I Thought Chronic Diseases Only Affect Older People

WRONG! More than 50% of the burden of chronic disease falls on people younger than 70. In fact chronic disease in the later part of your life is linked to the early years. Much of the the decisions you make as a kid affect you later in life.

Chronic Disease Stats For YOU

1. Obesity poses a threat to overall health, and is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers.


2. On average, urban kids under the age of 17 visit fast food restaurants twice a week.


3. Evidence suggests that having high blood pressure in childhood is linked to high blood pressure as an adult.


4. In all three of these chronic diseases – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – excess weight plays a key role.


5. Asthma is the most common chronic illness affecting children and adolescents today, with about 4.8 million sharing the disease.


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