Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Each year, chronic diseases cause 7 of 10 deaths among Americans. Heart disease, cancer, and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.
When examining chronic diseases and their potential connection to the environment, it is important to consider other health risk factors that could play a role in their development. Four personal behaviors that can affect chronic diseases are:
- lack of physical activity,
- poor nutrition,
- tobacco use, and
- excessive alcohol consumption.
These behaviors play a part in the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases. You can reduce your risk for illness and death due to chronic disease by engaging in healthy behaviors, such as
- getting regular physical activity,
- eating healthy,
- not using tobacco, and
- reducing excessive alcohol use.
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