Chronic diseases are now responsible for over 70% of Australia’s overall burden of disease. Much of the economic burden of chronic disease could be relieved through systematic and targeted investment in programs to address a number of preventable risk factors for chronic disease. Up to one third of all health problems are attributed to preventable risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, poor nutrition and high blood pressure. 77
Strategies to improve outcomes in CVD and stroke will also act to enhance general lifestyle outcomes and reduce incidence of other chronic diseases such as diabetes.
77 Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, 2004. Chronic Illness: Australia’s Health Challenge.
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