So just what is a chronic condition or disease?
Many illnesses and health conditions can be classified under the broad heading of chronic disease. Chronic diseases are ongoing, do not resolve spontaneously, and are generally not cured completely. Some can be immediately life-threatening, leading to heart attack and stroke. Others can persist over time and can be intensive in terms of management (e.g. diabetes). Most chronic diseases persist through life, but are not always the cause of death (e.g. arthritis).
What chronic conditions are the biggest killers for men?
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare the top five leading causes of death in men are:
- Coronary heart disease
- Lung Cancer
- Stroke (Cerebrovascular disease)
- Prostate cancer
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Could your lack of physical activity cause any of these chronic diseases?
A lack of physical activity, along with a poor diet and smoking, is one of the biggest reasons why these conditions develop.
Take a look at this table!
What’s the biggest danger?
Coronary heart disease was the leading cause of death in adult males in 2010.
Regular exercise reduces the risk factors for developing coronary heart disease. Exercise helps to control your blood pressure, maintains a healthy weight, increases blood flow and strengthens the heart muscle.
Would you like to know more about a specific chronic disease and how exercise can help?
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Bare in mind there are many, many conditions that exercise can improve. If you have a condition that is not listed here, get in touch with your local accredited exercise physiologist who can advise you further.