It’s a fact.
More than 70 million Americans ages 50 and older—that’s four out of five older adults—suffer from at least one chronic health condition1 including:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory diseases
By 2020, the mortality, morbidity, and disability attributed to major chronic diseases will account for 73% of all deaths and 60% of the global burden of disease2. That begs the question, how are we going to manage chronic disease and what role does consumer technology play to ease this burden?
When we talk about managing many chronic diseases, we’re talking about behavioral change – positive, incremental lifestyle adjustments that may help prevent the slide toward a chronic condition. There is strong evidence that if each person takes modest steps to ensure their daily habits are healthy/healthier, they can be successful. Pre-diabetics, for example, that lose just 5-10% of body weight, and keep it off for 9 months, can dramatically reduce the risk of developing diabetes 10 years down the road3.