Chronic Disease Management
In Singapore, chronic diseases are significant causes of deaths and illnesses. Chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), high blood cholesterol, stroke, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are lifelong conditions. Therefore, it is important to manage your condition and health early to enjoy a fulfilling life.
To date, chronic diseases are the major causes of premature illness and death globally. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly half of all chronic disease deaths occur in people under the age of 70.
Common chronic conditions that affect Singaporeans are:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Diabetes mellitus
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Lipid disorders (e.g. high blood cholesterol)
- Rheumatoid arthritis