August 21, 2015 11:08
Chronic diseases account for seven of the top 10 causes of death among Koreans, according to a report released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.
The major chronic diseases resulting in death in 2013 were cancer, cerebrovascular disease, heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, liver disease and high blood pressure.
The cost of treating the diseases amounted to W38 trillion, accounting for 79.9 percent of total medical expenditures (US$1=W1,191).
Generally, chronic diseases result from an unhealthy lifestyle and bad eating habits, in addition to heavy smoking and drinking.
The report revealed that some 41.4 percent of Korean men were smokers and 11.9 percent of adults were high-risk drinkers. Many Koreans tend to consume a lot of calories while rarely exercising, and this tendency was especially evident among adolescents.
There were about 9 million patients suffering from high blood pressure, 13 million people with obesity and 6.6 million people with prediabetes.
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