Michigan Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Indicators:
At Least One Chronic Condition

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Indicator:  Adults who reported that they have at least one chronic condition

What it measures:  Percent of adults who reported that they have ever been told by their doctor that they have at least one of the following chronic conditions: cardiovascular disease (heart attack, coronary heart disease, stroke); asthma; cancer; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); arthritis; depression; kidney disease; diabetes

Why it is important:   Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and arthritis, are the leading causes of disability and death in Michigan. Today, more than four million Michigan residents are living a lower quality of life because of chronic disease. Every year, more than 62,000 Michigan residents die from chronic diseases, many of them prematurely. Chronic diseases consume more than 75 cents of every dollar spent on health care and are one of the main reasons health care costs are rising.

But, chronic diseases also are among the most preventable of all health problems. A handful of common risk factors are behind most cases. Together, healthy lifestyles, healthy environments, and access to quality, affordable health care can help prevent the progression — and even the occurrence — of chronic disease.

(Sources:  Cancer in Michigan, 2009;  The Power of Prevention: Chronic Disease...The Public Health Challenge of the 21st Century

MDHHS programs that address this indicator: MDHHS data for this indicator:  Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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