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What are chronic diseases, anyway?  


Shelley Argabrite
Ultimate Health Planner
Joined: 5 months  ago
Posts: 155
02/11/2016 2:59 pm  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.

As one broad focus area of our Community Health Improvement Plan it's important to look at Chronic Disease because heart disease is our number one cause of death.  The common modifiable risk factors we have prioritized are tobacco use,  physical inactivity, poor nutrition.  Check out this link for more information

Linda Costello
Planning Partner Superstar!
Joined: 4 months  ago
Posts: 70
12/01/2017 9:22 am  

 1 in 3 people in the United States has prediabetes and most don't even know they have it. There is questions you can answer that lets you know if you should  contact your doctor and get a test ran. The site also has a program you can follow to help with your journey from having prediabetes.

Brenda Sisler
Active Planning Partner Level 5
Joined: 4 months  ago
Posts: 46
20/01/2017 1:32 pm  

I am a person who has been recently diagnosed with severe arthritis.  I have had 2 ankle and one-foot surgeries, and a knee replacement before the age of 50. I agree that most chronic diseases can be preventable, however, I think not all cases are preventable, especially arthritis. I also have been physically fit, try to eat healthy choices, have never smoked or used drugs, and drink alcohol very rarely during my lifetime. Having arthritis is not always something you can always control with healthy behaviors. 

Jennifer Lee-Steckman
Active Planning Partner Level 2
Joined: 4 months  ago
Posts: 11
23/01/2017 2:19 pm  

Chronic Disease is a condition that may impair a persons way of life.  I understand what Brenda is saying because there are so many conditions that have a genetic predisposition which unfortunately you can not change.   I was just diagnosed with hypermobility of the joints and osteoarthritis last year.  It was shocking to hear that my biological age is that of a mid-forty year old woman but my joints are that of a sixty year old.  🙁  So, off to physical therapy I went to learn how to exercise without damaging joints that are already damaged.

Hang in there Brenda!!! 


Brenda Sisler
Active Planning Partner Level 5
Joined: 4 months  ago
Posts: 46
23/01/2017 7:01 pm  

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for sharing. I am sure that there many people with genetic predispositions that feel the same as us. It's comforting to know that you are not alone. I would love to hear more about helpful hints that people have tried to manage their pain. Whether is special diets, yoga or acupuncture, let's hear it!  



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