There are some very interesting statistics around chronic diseases. 1 in 20 people are misdiagnosed and with chronic illness accounting for around 9 in every 10 deaths in Australia, and responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths in the US we need to realise the importance of chronic illness self-monitoring right now.
But is the inevitable, inevitable or can we change our destiny.
Difinitive Healthcare, highlights how predictive analytics will not only improve care, it will also cut patient care costs. This article also highlights that in many some situations people can improve their health.
“A tremendous portion of what we spend on healthcare is for chronic disease, and a lot of chronic diseases can be prevented with proper lifestyle changes.
It’s no secret that a large portion of the US population suffers from chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, lung and kidney disease, cancer, and diabetes; these illnesses also account for the majority of healthcare spending in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 6 in 10 adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease, and 4 in 10 have two or more. However, many of these diseases are preventable – stemming from excessive alcohol and tobacco use, poor nutrition, and lack of physical activity.”
If we consider this, and the chances of having multiple conditions, there are opportunities to improve our chances of being diagnosed, if we self monitor our symptoms and manage our health history. For those that have diseases which are preventable, consider what your goals might be to change your destiny.