Chronic Disease Statistics


  • 7.1 million (9.5%) U.S. children have asthma [source]
  • 10.5 million school days were missed due to asthma among children 5-17 years old in 2008 [source]
  • 754,000 emergency department visits were related to child asthma in 2004 [source]
  • 18.9 million (8.2%) U.S. adults have asthma [source]
  • 1.8 million visits to emergency departments were related to asthma in 2004 [source]

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • 7,900 (7.5%) hospice patients have Alzheimer's as a primary diagnosis [source]
  • 231,900 (15.5%) nursing home residents have Alzheimer's Disease [source]
  • 83,494 annual deaths are due to Alzheimer’s Disease [source]
  • Cause of Death Rank: 6 [source]
  • An estimated 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease [source]

Breast Cancer

  • In 2009, 211,731 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. [source]
  • 40,676 cancer deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2009 [source]
  • 2,591,855 American women were alive in 2007 who had a history of breast cancer [source]
  • Cause of Death Rank for Women: 2 [source]
  • Breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity [source]


  • 11.9% of adults 20 years+ have diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed) [source]
  • 8.5% of adults 20 years+ have diagnosed diabetes [source]
  • 37.3 million medical visits have diabetes as a primary diagnosis [source]
  • 362,000 (24%) nursing home residents have diabetes in the U.S. [source]
  • 69,071 annual deaths are due to diabetes in the U.S. [source]
  • Cause of Death Rank: 7 [source]
  • $174 billion is the estimated total annual cost of diabetes in America [source]
  • $116 billion is the total direct annual medical costs due to diabetes in the U.S. [source]
  • $58 billion is the total indirect annual costs (disability, work loss, premature mortality) due to diabetes in the U.S. [source]
  • 25.8 million people in the U.S. have diabetes [source]
  • 7 million people have undiagnosed diabetes in the U.S. [source]
  • 1.9 million: Number of new cases of diabetes diagnosed in people aged 20 years+ in 2010 [source]
  • 1 in 3: Ratio of Americans who will develop diabetes by 2050 [source]


  • About 2.8 million Americans are affected by Epilepsy [source]
  • 10% of people will experience a seizure sometime during their lifetime [source]
  • 150,000 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed in the United States annually [source]
  • $15.5 billion: Estimated annual medical costs and lost or reduced earnings and production due to Epilepsy in the U.S. [source]

Food & Fitness

  • 69.2% of adults age 20 years+ are overweight or obese [source]
  • 35.9% of adults age 20 years+ are obese [source]
  • 18.4% of adolescents age 12-19 years are overweight [source]
  • 18% of children age 6-11 years are overweight [source]
  • 12.1% of children age 2-5 years are overweight [source]
  • 21% of adults engaged in regular aerobic and muscle-strengthening leisure-time activities in the U.S. in 2011 [source]
  • 48% of adults met neither the aerobic nor muscle-strenthening guidelines for physical activity in the U.S. in 2011 [source]

Heart Disease

  • 26.5 million (11.5%) adults have heart disease in the United States [source]
  • 12.4 million annual medical visits and 2 million annual hospital outpatient department visits have heart disease as primary diagnosis in the U.S. [source, source]
  • 135,700 (9.3%) home healthcare patients with heart disease as primary diagnosis [source]
  • 597,689 annual deaths are due to heart disease in the U.S. [source]
  • Cause of death rank: 1 [source]
Spinal Cord Injury
  • In the U.S., about 200,000 people are living with a spinal cord injury [source]
  • $15,000-$30,000: Average annual medical cost [source]
  • Lifetime costs of a spinal cord injury can vary from $500,000 to more than $3 million depending on the severity of the injury [source]
  • 46% of spinal cord injuries are the result of motor vehicle accidents [source]
  • About 50-70% of injuries occur in 15-35 year olds [source]