Chronic Diseases: the biggest global health challenge

Chronic_disease_1_CD_Jinga_Life.jpg

This month on Jinga Life, we are concentrating on chronic diseases. We’ll be talking you through some specific conditions that millions of people face worldwide. We’ll also be giving you insight into how you can manage these chronic illnesses as a family. We’ll chat through some advancements in tech, and how Jinga Life and the world of digital health can help you monitor, manage, and be proactive when it comes to your own health and the health of your family. 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are collectively responsible, contributed approximately 70% of the total reported deaths in the world and approximately 46% of the global burden of disease. The proportion of the burden of NCDs is expected to increase to 57% by 2020.”

But first things first…

What is a Chronic Disease? 

A chronic disease, according to the HSE, “is defined as long term conditions which can be treated but not cured”. The World Health Organisation says “Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Disease rates from these conditions are accelerating globally, advancing across every region and pervading all socioeconomic classes.” Chronic diseases are on the rise worldwide, with this being the case it is vital that people understand chronic disease, and learn to manage the disease as best they can. 

Causes of Chronic disease 

This growth in chronic diseases can be caused by a lot of factors, some of the most common being: 

  • Ageing population 

  • Urbanization 

  • Unhealthy diet 

  • Low physical activity 

  • Raised blood pressure 

  • Raised glucose levels 

  • Obesity 

Source: (World Health Organisation)

Chronic_disease_2_CD_Jinga_Life.jpg

Types of Chronic Disease 

Some of the most well known and most common chronic diseases are: 

  • Diabetes 

  • Alzheimer's Disease 

  • Asthma 

  • Stroke 

  • Heart Disease 

  • Arthistris 

  • Cancer 

We’ll be talking you through some of these diseases in the next month, and explaining how wearable tech can help you to manage your chronic disease. 

Chronic Disease & Health Care 

Based on HSE research, chronic diseases can mean a higher dependency on the health care system, 

“People with chronic illness are far more likely to: 

• attend their General Practitioner (GP) - 80% of GP consultations relate to chronic illness, 

• present at an Emergency Department (ED) - 66% of patients admitted through EDs have exacerbations of their chronic illness, 

• be admitted as an inpatient” 

With Jinga Life and healthcare technology, we hope to return some of the power of managing one’s health to those who suffer with chronic diseases. Jinga Life’s allows users and their families to be proactive when it comes to their healthcare. Should a sufferer of a chronic illness find themselves in need of a doctor or emergency services, Jinga Life can cut down time by allowing you to show your doctor health stats you have recorded direct from your mobile. Have you signed up for Jinga Life yet? It’s totally free! Begin to be more proactive about you and for your family’s health, click here for more info.