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Prevalence Statistics for Types of Chronic Illness

Prevalence Statistics for Types of Chronic Illness

The information below shows a list of types of Chronic Illness, with information as to the prevalence of each of these types. Estimates of the people affected are calculated based on the available statistic.

Disease Prevalence Estimate US people estimate Statistic Used for Calculation
Chronic Illness (overall) approx 1 in 3 or 33.09% or 90 million people in USA 89,999,996 90 million people in USA (CDC)
Heart disease approx 1 in 12 or 8.09% or 22 million people in USA 21,999,998 22 million adults in the US 2000 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Diabetes approx 1 in 17 or 5.88% or 16 million people in USA 15,999,999 16 million Americans with 10.3 million diagnosed and 8.1 million women (NWHIC); 65 per 1000 - NHIS95; 8 million - perhaps 16 million if include not-yet-diagnosed.
Cardiovascular Disease approx 1 in 4 or 22.72% or 61.8 million people in USA 61,800,001 61,800,000 cases in the USA (American Heart Association, 2004)
Cerebrovascular disease approx 1 in 33 or 3.00% or 8.2 million people in USA 8,160,000 30 per 1000 - NHIS95
Hypertension approx 1 in 5 or 18.38% or 50 million people in USA 49,999,999 50 million Americans (NHLBI); 217 per 1000 (NHIS95)
Kidney disease approx 1 in 36 or 2.72% or 7.4 million people in USA 7,399,999 7.4 million adults in the USA 1988-94 (American Journal of Kidney Disease)
Liver disease approx 1 in 679 or 0.15% or 400,000 people in USA 400,000 400,000 people in the USA 1976-80 for "chronic liver disease and cirrhosis" (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact NIH Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994)
Alzheimer's Disease approx 1 in 68 or 1.47% or 4 million people in USA 3,999,999 more than 4 million Americans (CDC); estimated 4 million people in the U.S (NHWIC)
Arthritis approx 1 in 7 or 13.60% or 37 million people in USA 37,000,000 37 million Americans (NIAMS)
Cancer N/A N/A No information
Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease N/A N/A No information
Epilepsy approx 1 in 118 or 0.85% or 2.3 million people in USA 2,299,999 2.3 million Americans (CDC)
Hereditary Hemochromatosis N/A N/A No information
Iron Overload approx 1 in 272 or 0.37% or 1 million people in USA 999,999 more than 1 million Americans (CDC); 5 per 1000 in Caucasians (NIDDK); 1-in-200 to 1-in-300
Oral Diseases N/A N/A No information
Osteoporosis approx 1 in 9 or 10.29% or 28 million people in USA 28,000,000 28 million Americans (10 million with osteoporosis; 18 million with low bone mass); eight million American women and 2 million men (NWHIC)

Prevalence Statistics for Chronic Illness

Prevalance of Chronic Illness:

90 million people in USA (CDC)

Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 3 or 33.09% or 90 million people in USA [about data]

Types of Chronic Illness

For more information about types of Chronic Illness, refer to our section on types of Chronic Illness.

About prevalence:

The medical term 'prevalence' of Chronic Illness usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Chronic Illness at any given time, whereas the annual diagnosis rate of new cases of Chronic Illness is called the 'incidence'. For more information on prevalence and incidence statistics, see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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