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One in four Australians are now living with a chronic illness, a new report has revealed.
A report by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) found that more than three quarters of Australians with chronic diseases are suffering from a condition like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and that more people are dying from those illnesses than from cancer, heart disease and stroke.
In the same period, the rate of Australians who died of a chronic condition has risen by more than 400 per cent.
“The number of Australians dying from a chronic disease is more than twice as high as the number who die of cancer,” Dr John Farrar, chairman of the NHMRC’s Health and Wellbeing Group, said.
“It’s the number of people dying of chronic disease that is the biggest threat to Australia’s future.”
The number-one killer of Australians, and a significant contributor to the nation’s COVID-19 toll, is the coronavirus.
The disease kills an estimated 2.8 million people a year and is responsible for a staggering 5.7 million hospitalisations, almost twice the death toll from the Great Depression.
But the report also found that people suffering from schizophrenia or psychosis are far more likely to be diagnosed with a serious chronic disease than those suffering from depression or anxiety disorders.
“People with schizophrenia or a psychosis who are suffering with a health problem may be less likely to seek help for it and so the overall number of chronic diseases is much higher than people with normal conditions,” Dr Farrart said.
The report also shows that people who are obese are more likely than others to suffer from chronic illnesses, but it was the rate at which they were obese that stood out.
While the study found that about one in five Australians had a chronic problem, it found that around two in five had a disability, such as mental health problems, a physical disability or an intellectual disability.
Dr Farrat said the obesity rate was the highest it had ever been.
“There are currently more people in the community with chronic illnesses than we ever would have thought of,” he said.
He said it was also important to remember that obesity was not the cause of chronic illnesses and it was not a sign of poor health.
“We’ve been seeing a lot of the same things we’ve seen over the last few years, like the obesity epidemic, the obesity and diabetes epidemic and all these issues, but people are being told they can do things differently to what we’ve been doing for a long time,” Dr Gorman said.
One in four Australians are now living with a chronic illness, a new report has revealed.A report by Australia’s National…
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