Frequently Asked Questions about Chronic Disease Self-Management
A chronic disease is one that has been, or is likely to be, present for six months or longer. A chronic disease can be a condition you have had for a period of time or it could be something that is new to you..
The top 5 common chronic diseases are:
- Heart diseases such as Ischemic heart disease (IHD), stroke, etc.
- Kidney disease
- Respiratory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc.
Other chronic diseases include mood and/or anxiety disorders and arthritis.
A risk behaviour is a habit that someone has developed throughout their lifetime which may lead to a chronic disease in the future. Common risk behaviours include:
- Physical inactivity
- Sedentary behaviour
- Unhealthy eating
- Harmful use of alcohol
A risk condition is a condition which someone may have (or have a family history of) which could lead to a chronic disease in the future. Common risk conditions include: