Chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They are also leading drivers of the nation’s $2.7 trillion in annual health care costs.
Most chronic diseases are caused by a short list of risk behaviors:
- Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Poor nutrition, including diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and saturated fats.
- Lack of physical activity.
- Excessive alcohol use.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
- Gynecologic Cancer
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Skin Cancer
- Tooth Decay
- Type 2 Diabetes
Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases
Original page: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/index.htm