Chronic disease is an international problem

Health and Disease is the second strand of results from the Bupa Health Pulse 2010 international healthcare survey. It examines people's attitudes towards chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It reveals that across the world people continue to lead unhealthy lifestyles despite fear of chronic disease.

People across the world continue to lead unhealthy lifestyles despite fears of long-term chronic disease. 44% admit they only exercise for an hour a week or less while 71% drink alcohol and 29% smoke. The highest ranking countries are Britain where more people drink alcohol (84%) than any other country and Russia, where 43 % smoke.

While this unhealthy lifestyle might suggest people don’t care about their health, four in five (80%) say they are worried about developing chronic diseases.

Bupa Health Pulse 2010 interviewed 12,000 people across the globe about their attitudes and perceptions of chronic disease and found one third are most worried about cancer compared to only one in ten being most worried about heart disease and diabetes.

Dr Sneh Khemka of Bupa International says, "While we seem to be aware of the prevalence of chronic disease in society, we are not doing enough to reduce our risks of developing a long-term condition. Interestingly, people are also much more worried about cancer than other conditions even though cardiovascular disease kills more people. We need to recognise we can increase our chances of avoiding these diseases by changing our lifestyle.”

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