Chronic Illness in Washington State

Four Common Causes of Chronic Disease plague Washington State Health Departments.

Lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases in Washington State.

  • More than one-third of all adults do not meet recommendations for aerobic physical activity based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and 23% report no leisure-time physical activity at all in the preceding month.
  • In 2007, less than 22% of high school students and only 24% of adults reported eating 5 or more servings of fits and vegetables per day

Top 6 Washington State Health Problems


The Center for DiseaseControl released some disturbing facts about the state of U.S. Heath in Washington State. Here are a few we think might be important.

  • 1 in 10 Individuals has Diabetes and is expected to increase to 1 in 3 by 2050
  • Only 71% of individuals with Diabetes are diagnosed making 29% unaware of the disease
  • Diabetes and Hypertension is the #1 costliest conditions to employers because of healthcare cost, lost workdays, and lost productivity.
  • Eye Disease cost more to consumers each year than Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer and Brain Cancer combined.
  • Heart Disease is the number one cost to consumers.
  • 70% of Washingtonians die from Chronic Illness from Diabetes, Cancer, or Heart Disease.

Only 1 in 8 Washington residents exercise on a regular basis

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