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Diseases of affluence are predicted to become more prevalent as starvation and diseases of poverty decline and as longevity increases. Learn to recognize the most common Diseases of Affluence and understand the nutritional, exercise, medical and social factors that contribute to this ever growing patient population.
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Friday, November 12 2010
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nat_bez, Tuesday, November 23 2010 12:36
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I was actually just reading something about how half of all Americans will have diabetes by 2020 if we don't change our lifestyles. Also that the average cost of dealing with complications related to dealing with diabetes will be over $20,000 per person per year as opposed to about $4,000 for a healthy person! That definitely makes me want to focus more on my health and watch more carefully what I do to my body. Here is the full article: http://reut.rs/egDg82
 
DrD, Tuesday, November 16 2010 13:48
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What are some of the most common Diseases of Affluence? NIDDM, CAD, Cerebrovascular disease, Constipation, Hypertension, Obesity, Alzheimer’s, Diverticulosis/itis, Asthma, Autoimmune disease, Alcoholism, Gout, Allergies, Depression, many psychiatric disorders, Certain cancers.
MichaelSwedenbergMichaelSwedenberg on Tuesday, November 16 2010 22:19

Hasn't this always been the case? The more affluent lifestyles of a richer diet, more sedate life and added stress would cause different diseases than found in middle class, working class and the poor?

cleanclosets08cleanclosets08 on Tuesday, November 16 2010 23:34

I am surprised to see psychiatric disorders on the list as well. I'm a bit confused as to the reason for that though. Do you mind explaining that? I see the reason for the other diseases, but am confused as to why conditions that I thought were brain related are up there as well. Thank you!

 
DrD, Tuesday, November 16 2010 13:42
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Diseases of Affluence are aka Lifestyle Diseases or Chronic Diseases. These diseases are characteristic of modern economic development and are categorized as non-communicable. There has been a worldwide increase in the non-communicable diseases throughout all income classes. Diseases of affluence are predicted to become more prevalent as starvation and diseases of poverty decline, and as longevity increases.
MichaelSwedenbergMichaelSwedenberg on Tuesday, November 16 2010 22:42

I recall reading that many of the diseases we see now were rare even a century ago. As lifespans increased due to improved medical care and public sanitation, disease states would present themselves that were unknown because people just didn't live long enough to develop them. Celiac disease would be an example.