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CAUSE OF DEATH

Four of the top five leading causes of death for Somerset County are chronic diseases: diseases of the heart, cancer, stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

More than a quarter (26.7%) of Somerset County residents indicated they were told they had high blood pressure.

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HIGH CHOLESTEROL

A third of Somerset County residents reported high cholesterol.

OVERVIEW

Chronic diseases are non-communicable diseases that are prolonged in duration and are rarely cured completely. These conditions include heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and arthritis. Two of these chronic diseases—heart disease and cancer—together accounted for nearly 48% of all deaths in the U.S. Chronic diseases tend to become more common with age. Eighty-nine percent of Americans over the age of 65 have at least one chronic condition, and 68% or more have two or more chronic diseases. Chronic diseases and conditions are on the rise worldwide. An aging population and behavioral factors including the adoption of more sedentary lifestyles are pushing obesity rates and cases of diseases such as diabetes upwards. According to the World Health Organization, chronic disease prevalence is expected to rise 57% by the Year 2020.*

* As defined in the Community Health Assessment, Somerset County/RWUH Service Area, 2018

HOW WE’RE GETTING THERE

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